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.