Courtney Lawes quietly confident

Date published: November 9 2018

England utility forward Courtney Lawes is confident they are capable of causing an upset when they host New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday.

Lawes was in the British and Irish Lions side that triumphed over the All Blacks in Wellington last year and was also in England’s team when they beat the world champions at Twickenham in 2012.

And although New Zealand are favourites to secure victory, Lawes feels there are weaknesses in their game which can be exploited.

“They’re not unbeatable. In a sport like this you see every week that anybody can win on any given day,” he told Sky Sports.

“I don’t even think it’s necessarily a fact that we’ve got to get lucky to win or have got to have an unbelievable day. We’ve certainly got all the quality in the team that we need.

“We just need to be able to put it together on the day, make some good decisions and bring that right intensity to get us ahead.”

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When asked what England could replicate from the Lions in order to beat the All Blacks, Lawes said: “You’ve just got to execute your game plan.

“You need to have the right intensity, and be able to have a cool enough head with that intensity to convert pressure into points, take your opportunities and ultimately put scores on the board.

“New Zealand are a great team, they’re also going to most likely score, but if you can maximise your defence and your attack then you’ve always got a good shot.”