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Target the lineout and slow it down: how England can beat the All Blacks

Chris Ashton’s sixth sense for where the ball is going will also be vital if the world’s No 1 side are to be beaten at Twickenham

Steve Hansen’s team selection gives us an idea of where New Zealand’s mindset is. I know they have been wanting to field two playmakers for a while and with Damian McKenzie at full-back it takes a bit of the load off Beauden Barrett. McKenzie is another kicking option too but his first instinct is to run. With Rieko Ioane and Ben Smith also in the back three it means Ben Youngs simply has to be on the money with his box-kicking because this is an All Blacks team set up to keep the ball in hand. England have two options to try and counteract that threat: the first is that Youngs’ kicks have to be contestable. If you give McKenzie, Smith and Ioane even five metres they will rip England apart. Owen Farrell will have to kick accurately too but if he and Youngs get it right, England’s back three can cause New Zealand problems in the air.

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