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Eddie Jones challenges England to rewrite history against All Blacks | Robert Kitson

Chris Ashton brought in to boost try ratio for an England side who have puncher’s chance against New Zealand

On the list of rare black and white occurrences, England beat the All Blacks only slightly more often than giant pandas give birth in British zoos. Eddie Jones is determined to address this below-par strike rate (the rugby, not the pandas) and is urging his reshuffled squad to “rewrite history” when they meet New Zealand on Saturday.

It will not be easy, because it never is. The All Blacks have played 24 Tests in England since 1924 and lost on five occasions. They have also won 14 of the past 15 meetings between the countries since 2003. As Jones bluntly put it: “Only 33% of our players have beaten New Zealand. We want to come off the field with 100% of them having beaten New Zealand.”

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