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Countdown to facing the All Blacks


The All Blacks is the benchmark by which every other team measure their success. They are the team that everyone wants to beat. Victories against them are a scarcity.
So as an armchair,self appointed, expert I’d like to discuss England’s chances for their 8th November showdown with the men from the land of the long white cloud.
Manu Tuilagi has a groin injury and probably won’t feature in this match. This doesn’t really make the midfield selection easier as I thought Tuilagi was an almost certain choice.
England won’t have any games to try out combinations or have time for anyone to settle in. So not the best build-up so far for England.
To make matters worse guess who is coming along for the tour? None other than Sonny Bill Williams and Dan Carter. Yikes!!
I sound like a doomsday merchant. Well actually I feel England stand a chance.
Twickenham is a fortress and it’s an intimidating place to come and play rugby. English fans probably don’t realise the strength this unseen force has on visiting teams psyche. This force is only effective if coupled with a performance from the home team.
How tired are the All Blacks? They have just recently won the incredibly tough Rugby Championship with an extra match against the Wallabies for good measure. Before they get to London the All Blacks stop off in Chicago for a test vs the USA Eagles. That is a lot of travel and there has been a lot of rugby for the Kiwi’s.

No better time to ambush the All Blacks. Stuart Lancaster announces his team tomorrow and whoever is selected need to pull together as a squad quickly because they are on there way.


3 thoughts on “Countdown to facing the All Blacks

  1. It is quite obvious England will win. Unless they lose.
    The big problem for the ref will be keeping the kiwis onside; it has been my observation that southern hemisphere teams do not understand this rule


  2. Steve as its late I’m going to be short and sweet with this blog..

    Sonny and Dan being drafted in to strengthen the All black squad has surely got to tell you its own Story. Sonny is one player who will not struggle the transition from NRL to RFU..

    They are unplayable!!!

    Jet lag !! Tired legs!! and tired minds!!

    Imagine what they will bring to the party in the world cup next year..

    Ambush!!! No sorry !! 27 – 23. All blacks..

    Cmon England,,???


  3. hi steve great blog mate – really enjoying the read. its a tough autumn coming up for all the teams involved with the world cup 11 months away its a chance to look at new players – with that in mind the aussies are bringing 5 uncapped players with them and after putting the ewan mackenzie debacle behind them(to be honest he was went out with a bit of dignity intact falling on his sword) and the appointment of michael chieka (possibly joined by jake white to allow him to continue with the tahs) i think they will be a real force this autumn and indeed for the world cup. i see england winning a couple of matches and given the injury list we have thats fine as i said it gives us the chance to blood new talent and im particularly keen to see the 2 centres at bath given a run – i dont see wholesale changes just the continuation of solid well thought out management and selection by ashton and his backroom staff . next week me roy and the boys are of to see australia v babas at HQ always an enetertaining game – cheers steve


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