England v New Zealand - QBE International match preview

Last Updated: 01/12/12 8:39pm

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England coach Stuart Lancaster insists his side will have "no fear" when they face the all-conquering All Blacks at Twickenham on Saturday.

New Zealand are unbeaten in 20 games, while they have won their past nine encounters against England. The hosts, on the other hand, have suffered losses to the Australia and South Africa in their autumn Tests - with victory over Fiji the sole highlight.

However Lancaster, who has named Owen Farrell at fly-half as his only change following the 16-15 loss to the Springboks, said: "This is a young side who have pushed two southern hemisphere teams very close.

"We are hugely motivated to get that win this weekend.

"Our mind-set going into the game we have a 'no fear' mentality and we want to make sure that we front up."

Despite his side being the favourites, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is refusing to underestimate the threat of England.

"We know that the English will lift themselves for their final match of the year, especially following their two recent narrow defeats, and we need to be prepared to match them in all facets," said Hansen, who welcomes back Dan Carter, Brodie Retallick and Keven Mealamu to his starting XV following the 33-10 win over Wales.

"They will be desperate. Stuart Lancaster is doing a pretty good job and has a fair idea of what he wants, but it will take him time. The back three is as good a back three as in world rugby."

England: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 Mike Brown, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Ben Youngs, 1 Alex Corbisiero, 2 Tom Youngs, 3 Dan Cole, 4 Joe Launchbury, 5 Geoff Parling, 6 Tom Wood, 7 Chris Robshaw (capt), 8 Ben Morgan.
Replacements: 16 David Paice, 17 David Wilson, 18 Mako Vunipola, 19 Courtney Lawes, 20 James Haskell, 21 Danny Care, 22 Freddie Burns, 23 Jonathan Joseph

New Zealand: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Aaron Smith, 1 Tony Woodcock, 2 Keven Mealamu, 3 Owen Franks, 4 Brodie Retallick, 5 Sam Whitelock, 6 Liam Messam, 7 Richie McCaw (capt), 8 Kieran Read.
Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Victor Vito, 21 Piri Weepu, 22 Aaron Cruden, 23 Ben Smith.

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