All Blacks' Hansen and England's Jones talk regularly

Ruben Hill
November 8, 2018

England head coach Eddie Jones was aware that New Zealand had declined the offer of free tickets from the RFU, assuming that the players had preferred to watch the Springboks match in the warmth of their Teddington hotel, "drinking cups of tea, maybe having some scones, saying "oh, we'll take these guys".

"Talking to Eddie, I know he and England are very excited about this game, and we are too", said Hansen.

"The bottom line is, we talk and our wives talk".

England have otherwise been given a clean bill of health ahead of Saturday's visit of New Zealand to Twickenham - the first time the rivals have met in four years.

Flanker Tom Curry was ruled out of the rest of England's rugby tests this month because of the left ankle he injured against South Africa.

"I just think the game is getting more intense. The only people that don't understand what it's like to be a head coach of an worldwide team are the people who've never been one".

"There is a lot of pressure there all the time".

England coach Eddie Jones believes that the greater ball-in-play statistics mean that rugby will eventually utilise two referees on the field. "It just comes in a different wrapper". So he's not too bothered by it. We've got some good training under our belt, we've adjusted coming from Japan so the group that's got here is fresh and looking forward to the challenge and it's going to be a big one. "He's not everyone's cup of tea, but I think he's a good man". "It's disappointing but whenever there's an injury it is an opportunity for you as a player to improve and get better".

"To win a Test match against a good opponent you've got to do your homework and things have to fall your way a little bit".

"They are a good rugby team. So it makes them a good side".

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