New Zealand vs England Live :: New Zealand made light work of Ireland as they moved a step closer to winning the RWC for a record third consecutive occasion but they know they will be in for a tough contest against a strong English side.
The All Blacks look set to be without flanker Matt Todd for the rest of the tournament after he re-injured his shoulder against Ireland but he is definitely unavailable for this game with head coach Steve Hansen already ruling him out.
With Todd only appearing from the bench against Ireland, Hansen will be forced into a rethink in terms of his interchanges but his starting XV looks unlikely to contain any changes from the dominant win over
Three Christiano Lealiifano penalties kept Australia in touch at 17-9 at the break and Marika Koroibete’s try soon after cut the lead to a point but prop Kyle Sinckler then blasted through and, and after Farrell’s goalkicking stretched the lead, Anthony Watson finished it in style with a the fourth try.
It was England’s seventh successive victory over their old rivals and made it three out of three in World Cup quarter-finals following their upset wins of 1995 and 2007.
Courtney Lawes vows that New Zealand will be able to fully identify England’s players by the end of Saturday’s World Cup semi-final in Yokohama.
All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick was on Monday forced to recall the moment he said ‘Michael Laws’ when he was asked which of Stuart Lancaster’s 2014 tourists were known to him.
Michael Laws is a Kiwi politician and former Mayor of Whanganui and Retallick’s failure to correctly name a single England player was perceived as a slight at the time.
Courtney – the Lawes Retallick was referring to – insists there will be no confusion over identities once battle at International Stadium Yokohama commences.
“If they don’t know, then they will tomorrow (Saturday), it’s just one of those things mate! We will just get on with it,” Lawes said.
Retallick went on to be crowned world player of the year just months after making the gaff and he was visibly annoyed when asked to relive a moment that saw him propelled into the headlines.
“Is that supposed to be humorous? I made a mistake, called them the wrong name, the name of a New Zealand politician. Good on you,” Retallick said.
“We have great respect for all the rugby players out there. We know who they are and we know what they’re about. We look into every opponent going into the weekend.
England have enjoyed a fantastic Rugby World Cup so far, but they have it all to do in the semi-finals when they take on New Zealand in Yokohama. It has been an impressive run to the final four for the English and they are coming off a confidence-boosting win over Australia in the quarter-finals as they dismissed the Wallabies 40-16. The All Blacks have been even more rampant, though, comfortably seeing off Ireland 46-14 in the last eight, while they racked up 157 points in their three pool games. The winners will return to the same International Stadium in Yokohama the following Saturday to take on either Wales or South Africa, who meet on Sunday morning. What time is England vs New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup semi-final? The match is on Saturday 26 October with kick-off at 9am UK time at Nissan Stadium, Yokohama. New Zealand hammered Ireland in the semi-finals (Picture: Getty Images) What TV channel is England vs New Zealand on and is there a live stream? ITV will be showing the game live with coverage starting from 7.30am. Subscribers will be able to stream the match through the ITV Hub. England vs New Zealand odds New Zealand 1.43 (4/9) England 3.6 (13/5) Draw 34 (33/1) Odds courtesy of Betfair Exchange MORE: RUGBY UNION Rugby World Cup semi-final: How can England beat New Zealand? Eddie Jones explains George Ford selection for England’s semi-final against All Blacks Eddie Jones recalls George Ford for England’s Rugby World Cup semi-final with New Zealand England vs New Zealand head-to-head record England have had a tough time, as most teams have, against New Zealand over the years. In 41 matches between the sides, England have won seven, lost 33 and picked up one draw. Three times the teams have met at the Rugby World Cup, with England winning all three – in the 1991 pool stage, 1995 semi-final and 1999 pool stage. The All Blacks have won the last six matches against England, with the men in white last scoring a victory over the All Blacks at Twickenham in December 2012. However, if there was cause for some optimism, it was that the last loss to the Kiwis, was by a single point, as the All Blacks beat England 16-15 at Twickenham last November.
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Describing it as a “bold call”, the New Zealand Herald says the change could “throw a spanner into the works of England’s plan”.
The England flankers Sam Underhill and Tom Curry play in the same tearaway mould as Cane, but the towering Barrett is more a second row than a flanker and will give the “All Blacks added punch at lineout time”.
Barrett is also swift in the loose for such a big man, but Hansen was honest in analysing his choice.
“There’s no doubt that this is a huge game and there’s a lot of excitement around it,” he told reporters. “We’re really looking forward to this opportunity. It’s all about this game and the moments it will bring.
“In these moments, the word pressure is bandied around quite readily. However, that pressure is always there whenever you play quality opposition, regardless of who you are.”
Cane is able
Cane has started the last 20 Tests for the All Blacks but he made way for Barrett at half-time in the thumping quarter-final win over Ireland.
His omission, the only change to the NZ side that beat the Irish, will see Ardie Savea start at seven and Barrett at six, with captain Kieran Read at No.8.
Cane, according to the NZ Herald, has “rarely put a foot wrong in the Test arena” since taking the No.7 jersey from the legendary Richie McCraw, and it’s a decision that could see Hansen hailed as a genius or derided as a fool – depending on how his new-look back-row goes against England’s.
England advanced to the semi-finals of the RWC for the first time in 12 years as they produced a dominant display against Australia but now face the toughest task of all as they take on New Zealand for a place in the final.
Head coach Eddie Jones may opt to stick with the same starting XV for England’s tough clash but George Ford will be hoping to start after he came on from the bench and helped his side to see the game out against the Wallabies.
Jonny May tweaked his hamstring in the closing stages against Australia but it is not expected to keep him out of the side while Jack Nowell could also overcome his own hamstring issue to be named in the matchday 23.