Curry blow for England ahead of NZ clash

Annette Crawford
November 8, 2018

"We don't know how long he'll be out for, but he won't be back for our next three tests", forwards coach Steve Borthwick said on Tuesday.

A much-needed win for the under-pressure Jones over the Springboks on Saturday ended in controversy, when Owen Farrell's injury-time tackle on André Esterhuizen was referred to the television match official by referee Angus Gardner.

Hansen said he and the Australian speak or text roughly once a fortnight: "You don't ring up people you don't like, just because they are doing the same job as you", Hansen told a news conference on London on Monday.

"The bottom line is, we talk and our wives talk". So he's not too bothered by it.

Hansen was impressed by how Jones managed to prepare a depleted England side to upset South Africa 12-11 last weekend.

'So I think the referees are doing a great job.

"Winning doesn't make it any less pressure, it just comes in a different package".

The New Zealand Herald says that Ben Smith and Brodie Retallick were among a group of All Blacks who passed up the chance to receive free tickets from the Rugby Football Union (RFU), and instead slipped into Twickenham to sit among fans and "get some intelligence on the enemy they will face on Saturday".

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

"Does that give him any better idea how to beat us than anyone else? They obviously have a very good league and maybe our stuff is not shown on telly there".

"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".

"He's had some success against New Zealand in the past, but hopefully he doesn't get any on Saturday", Hansen said of Jones.

"Does it mean we've got to be on guard against England?".

"They are a good rugby team".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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