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We expect them to turn up - Hansen

05th June 2014 16:22

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All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen believes his men face a "dangerous" England side when they begin their international season on Saturday.

Despite winning all their games in 2013, Hansen is wary of an outfit he describes as "the most improved side in rugby of the last 18 months".

"If we hang on to last year we'll get thumped, so the first thing we have to do is exactly what we did after winning the World Cup - put a full stop on it," he said, when speaking of their remarkable run.

"Yes, 2013 was a good year, but the reality is that we could have been beaten two or three times."

He added: "This England side can do some things better than we can. We need to make sure we improve in those areas."

"We expect them to turn up; they've clearly got confidence in who they are and what they're doing. Their environment seems to be one of 'keep quiet, get on and do the work', and that makes them dangerous."

Hansen's praise comes ahead of a game that will see a 20-point underdog with the bookmakers compete without 14 players who played in last week's Premiership final.

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International Match
Saturday , November 8
England vs New Zealand14:30
Saturday , November 15
England vs South Africa14:30
Saturday , November 22
England vs Samoa19:00
Saturday , November 29
England vs Australia14:30
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PosTeamPPts
1Ireland58
2England58
3Wales56
4France56
5Scotland52
6Italy50