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Retallick ready for "Michael Lawes"

03rd June 2014 06:38

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Slip up: Brodie Retallick

Perhaps a sign that the All Blacks aren't really taking England seriously, Brodie Retallick struggled to name a player in their side.

When quizzed as to whether he knew any of the players in Stuart Lancaster's team, Retallick said "a couple."

Pressed for a name, the Chiefs lock offered up "Michael Lawes".

Retallick presumably meant Courtney Lawes, the England enforcer who lifted the Premiership title with Northampton last Saturday at Twickenham.

Famed of his physicality, you expect that Lawes will offer a Retallick a reminder of who he is when he arrives in New Zealand for the second Test.

"Everyone is expecting a massive match, physically and in skill terms. It will be a tough match," said Retallick.

"We've only had one week together as a team. We need to start well and carry on from there.

"We don't want a rusty start and then be playing catch-up footy."

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