Source by www.nzherald.co.nz In November, the All Blacks will take part in one of the most anticipated tests in many years – against Eddie Jones’ England at Twickenham.
Jones, the motormouth Australian, has built a phenomenal record during his two years as England coach of 22 wins from 23 tests. The only blemish was a Six Nations loss to Ireland.
But he hasn’t coached England against the All Blacks yet. Expect plenty of talk about “World Cup markers”, and putting lines in sand. Expect too a most courteous build-up in the week before between Jones and Hansen.
The mutual charm offensive will frustrate the media looking for juicy soundbites but won’t fool many. Behind closed doors the talk will be very different because this is a massive test and it’s likely to be close.
Prediction: England will win it with a late Owen Farrell penalty after a controversial decision by the referee, helped by the crowd and a partial big-screen television operator. New Zealand-born hooker Dylan Hartley will be lucky to escape a citing for foul play.