England's Brad Barritt refuses to be daunted by the prospect of facing New Zealand

Last Updated: 27/11/12 10:51pm

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Brad Barritt says England must not put the All Blacks on a pedestal

Brad Barritt says England must not put the All Blacks on a pedestal

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Brad Barritt believes the key to England beating New Zealand lies in humanising the all-conquering All Blacks team.

The Kiwis have not lost an autumn international in a decade and are on a 20-match unbeaten run which extends back to August 2011.

In contrast, England come into Saturday's Twickenham showdown on the back of defeats to Australia and South Africa but Barritt says the All Blacks represent a great chance to avenge those losses.

"There is no beating about the bush, they are the best team in the world - but no team is invincible," said the Saracens centre.

"We don't put any player on a pedestal. We won't go in there thinking they are Gods on a rugby field.

"There's a huge amount of belief in our team. There is something special about each person.

"In order to be here you're a natural born winner and you'll do anything to get to that position to win.

"We're against an opponent that's been unbeaten over the past two years but this is a huge opportunity for us.

"At the end of the day they're just humans with two legs and two arms, albeit performing to the optimum level.

"We need to raise our game and really impose what we can on them and not give them any status that's going to help them."

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