22nd November 04:56 AM
All Blacks and England name strong squads for much anticipated test match this Sunday
By Naveel Krishant
Friday 09/11/2018
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen and England Coach Eddie Jones

All Blacks Coach Steve Hansen believes New Zealand's clash with England on Sunday is bigger than last year's series against the British and Irish Lions.

Hansen's All Blacks are set to play at Twickenham for the first time since their World Cup final victory over Australia in 2015.

The sold‑out Test follows the 2017 Lions tour when New Zealand were held to a draw on home soil.

The All Blacks have not played against England since a 24‑21 win in London in November 2014.

They are heavy favourites for victory at the weekend but Hansen shrugged off talk of his team being under pressure to deliver.

Players like Beauden Barrett, Damien McKenzie, Kieran Read, Ben Smith, Jack Goodhue, Sonny Bill Williams, Ardie Savea, Sam Whitelock, Aaron Smith and Reiko Ioane start for the All Blacks.

TJ Perenara, Richie Mo’unga, Scott Barrett, Dane Coles and Ryan Crotty are in the reserves.

England have included New Zealand born Brad Shields, Owen Farrell, Chris Ashton, Henry Slade, Ben Te'o, Maro Itoje and Ben Youngs in their starting line‑up.

England will play New Zealand at 4am Sunday.

ALL BLACKS: Damian McKenzie, Ben Smith, Jack Goodhue, Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read (c), Ardie Savea, Liam Squire, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Karl Tu’inukuafe.

Reserves: Dane Coles, Ofa Tuungafasi, Nepo Laulala, Scott Barrett, Matt Todd, TJ Perenara, Richie Mo’unga, Ryan Crotty.

ENGLAND: Elliot Daly, Chris Ashton, Henry Slade, Ben Te’o, Jonny May, Owen Farrell (co‑c), Ben Youngs, Mark Wilson, Sam Underhill, Brad Shields, George Kruis, Maro Itoje, Kyle Sinckler, Dylan Hartley (co‑c), Ben Moon.

Reserves: Jamie George, Alec Hepburn, Harry Williams, Charlie Ewels, Courtney Lawes, Danny Care, George Ford, Jack Nowell.

[Source:TVNZ]

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