Assistant coach Foster says Shields came 'very close' to All Blacks selection

Sir Clive Woodward enjoyed his share of success while coaching England against the All Blacks

Sir Clive Woodward enjoyed his share of success while coaching England against the All Blacks

England flanker Tom Curry is "highly unlikely" to face New Zealand on Saturday due to an ankle injury, head coach Eddie Jones said on Monday.

"I don't think they played too much attention to it".

England lost four consecutive Test matches to New Zealand in 2014, but a quirk of the global fixture schedules means the two sides have not met since.

England coach Eddie Jones believes the introduction of a second referee could be rugby union's answer to dealing with the increasing intensity of the game.

Foster compared New Zealand's well-rested first choice squad - who arrived three days earlier than the rest of the party from Tokyo - with the England camp, who are recovering from a brutal Springboks Test.

Jones had bristled at suggestions Saturday's 12-11 win over South Africa at Twickenham could prove the most important of his reign as England head coach.

"He injured his ankle but beyond that we don't know how long, but for the next three Test matches he'll be unavailable for us - everybody else is available for selection".

"It feels like we've got pretty good balance", said Slade ahead of Thursday's team announcement.

Asked if Jones would be under the greater pressure given England's poor record this year, Hansen told Sky Sports: "There's a lot of pressure there, all the time, whether you're winning or losing. It's disappointing but whenever there's an injury it is an opportunity for you as a player to improve and get better".

"It's like everything - when you're selecting a national team, there's a whole lot of good players that don't quite make it". Then when you get a chance to score a point you should be able to get them.

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

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