Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

No Curry for England during the rest of November

No Curry for England during the rest of November

New Zealand and England meet at Twickenham on Saturday for the first time in four years.

Asked this morning by a United Kingdom writer about his "experimenting" last weekend at Ajinomoto Stadium, and whether that would be continuing this week before the test against England at Twickenham, Hansen seized his chance to fire back.

England have had mixed news on the injury front with Tom Curry ruled out of the rest of the November internationals because of an ankle injury.

"He's got a fantastic future ahead of him", Borthwick said.

Hansen named eight debutants for the 69-31 victory last weekend, all of whom contributed well and in some cases - particularly George Bridge - suggested they have big futures with the All Blacks, but the sentiment by one English newspaper writer that he was handing out "confetti caps" clearly offended him.

"And looking from afar, I think he's doing a pretty good job". Beyond that we don't know how long, but it's not within the next three Test... You don't ring people up you don't like, just because they are doing the same job as you.

He added: "There's a lot of pressure there, all the time, whether you're winning or losing". It comes just in a different wrapper.

"But what we do know is that he is a quality person, he did a great job off the field in the Hurricanes and he was in the conversation a lot with us".

"We had a meeting with the senior players last night (Sunday) and have a pretty good idea how we want to play against New Zealand. I think he's a good bloke". Maybe. But there's a lot of good coaches out there. You've got to be in the game and, when you get the opportunity to score points, you've got to be good enough to take them. 'You've been involved in rugby, things don't change quickly'. Obviously. It wouldn't matter if he were bullish or not.

Playing the Wallabies, Springboks and Pumas so often in the Rugby Championship, and enjoying sustained success against these teams, can create mental challenges when attempting to inspire the same motivation. They won 18 in a row, only one other side in the world has ever done that.

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