Eddie Jones leans on England’s Lions to build dossier on defeating New Zealand

• Jones told touring England players to take notes last summer
• ‘When you beat New Zealand, you climb Everest’, Jones adds

England have compiled a dossier on how to beat the All Blacks based on information from the British & Irish Lions players who toured New Zealand last year. Eddie Jones also hopes the input of the former All Blacks coach John Mitchell, now in England’s camp, will enable his side to “climb Everest” by toppling the world’s No 1 side on Saturday.

Jones, optimistic both Manu Tuilagi and Courtney Lawes will be fit, says England aim to take a leaf out of the Lions book at Twickenham. “When our boys played for the Lions we got them to do notes about what they felt worked and didn’t work,” he said. “We’ve gone through those notes and had a meeting with the senior players. The Lions put a lot of pressure on the All Blacks in areas they didn’t enjoy. There’s a bit to be learned there.”

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