Monday 24 September 2018

Lancaster wary of All Blacks revenge

England coach Stuart Lancaster. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA
England coach Stuart Lancaster. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA

ENGLAND head coach Stuart Lancaster has urged his players to deliver under pressure when they tackle a New Zealand side eager for revenge.

Lancaster (pictured) knows the All Blacks will be determined to erase the memory of last year's shock 38-21 defeat against England but is backing his young side to face up to the challenge.

"They will have huge motivation to beat us after last year but you have to believe you can win going into any game and this one is no exception," he said.

"They have a great two-sided attack and a fantastic kicking game. Their ability to contest the ball aerially is exceptional. They play in the right areas and they have threats all over the pitch.

"We recognise the work our back three will probably have to do but we also have to put our game on them. We have put pressure on teams in the past. We made Australia struggle for decent front foot ball.

"It's a great challenge. We are excited about it and it will be who delivers under pressure on the day who will win."

Lancaster is hoping England can build on wins over Australia and Argentina with a strong performance against the world champions, who are seeking a 13th successive victory.

"We are playing against the best team in the world, probably the most successful team in world sport, and it's a fantastic opportunity to prove we are developing as a group,"said Lancaster.

England are without Alex Corbisiero and Mako Vunipola, both props troubled by knee complaints, and Dan Cole's recall at tighthead is the one change to the starting XV for the victory over Argentina.

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