Rugby World Cup Semi Final Live :: New Zealand prove to be as ruthless as they were in the first half against Ireland, then even England’s best efforts will not be nearly enough to contain the threat of the world’s No1-ranked outfit.
Jones’ men need to exploit their slight advantage at the breakdown with the tireless Tom Curry and Sam Underhill, produce a dogged defensive effort, maintain discipline and keep the ball out of the hands of twin playmakers Richie Mo’unga and Beauden Barrett as much as possible.
This iteration of England are surely too good to be thrashed, but the All Blacks tend to operate on a completely different level at the World Cup and it is hard to see a way past them, unless they have a rare off-day.
England are one step away from the Rugby World Cup final albeit a big one against the reigning champions New Zealand.
Eddie Jones’ men produced a superb display to comfortably dispatch Australia in the quarter-finals, now they face their Oceanic rivals in the final four.
England haven’t beaten the All Blacks in seven attempts with their last victory coming in 2012, but they will still be confident going into the showdown.
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New Zealand have also cruised through the tournament so far with a 46-14 crushing of Ireland in their last outing.
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England recalled George Ford at fly-half on Thursday for their World Cup semi-final against New Zealand with the Leicester stand-off adamant they were willing to “embrace the pressure” against the world champions.
Ford came off the bench during England’s 40-16 quarter-final win over Australia.
But he is back in the starting XV for Saturday’s match against the reigning world champions in Yokohama.
“I’ve got a different role this week to last week but my job for the team doesn’t change,” Ford said.
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“We come up against a team with strengths all over the field. We are going to have to be on our toes, alive in every moment of the game.”
England captain Owen Farrell, who started at fly-half against the Wallabies, moves to inside centre with Manu Tuilagi alongside him in midfield.
New Zealand have made one change to their side to play England in Saturday’s World Cup semi-final, a match coach Steve Hansen said could be one “for the ages”.
Scott Barrett was named at blindside flanker on Thursday to better combat England’s “kamikaze kids”, the sole change to the starting XV that beat Ireland 46-14 in last weekend’s quarter-final.
The flanker played the second half of that match and stood out, Sam Cane having started but replaced at half-time.
Cane moves to the bench in place of Matt Todd, who injured his shoulder against Ireland, while Barrett’s spot among the replacements was taken by lock Patrick Tuipulotu.
Elliot Daly; Anthony Watson, Manu Tuilagi, Owen Farrell (capt), Jonny May; George Ford, Ben Youngs; Billy Vunipola, Sam Underhill, Tom Curry; Courtney Lawes, Maro Itoje; Kyle Sinckler, Jamie George, Mako Vunipola
Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Joe Marler, Dan Cole, George Kruis, Mark Wilson, Willi Heinz, Henry Slade, Jonathan Joseph
New Zealand (15-1)
Beauden Barrett; Sevu Reece, Jack Goodhue, Anton Lienert-Brown, George Bridge; Richie Mo’unga, Aaron Smith; Kieran Read (capt), Ardie Savea, Scott Barrett; Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick; Nepo Laulala, Cody Taylor, Joe Moody
Replacements: Dane Coles, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Angus Ta’avao, Patrick Tuipulotu, Sam Cane, TJ Perenara, Sonny Bill Williams, Jordie Barrett
England and New Zealand go head to head for a place in the 2019 World Cup Final this weekend.
Saturday’s mammoth clash in Yokohama is the first between these two teams at rugby’s global showpiece since 1999, when the All Blacks won 30-16 in a pool-stage encounter.
In fact, it is just the sixth time they have met since 2014, with that awesome, Manu Tuilagi-inspired 38-21 victory for England at Twickenham in 2012 now a fading memory.
Seeking an unprecedented third successive world title, New Zealand topped Pool B and produced a typically devastating performance to punish error-plagued Ireland 46-14 in the quarter-finals last week.
2003 champions England – embarrassed on home soil four years ago – also finished at the summit of their group, but were barely tested due to a combination of overmatched opposition, Typhoon Hagibis and Tomas Lavanini’s red card before an emphatic 40-16 defeat of old rivals Australia in Oita.
It was their first knockout victory at the World Cup since 2007.
The build-up to such a high-profile fixture has been as entertaining as you might expect, with the media-savvy Eddie Jones attempting to deflect the attention off his side and pile pressure on the All Blacks.
Team news and line-ups
Jones has reversed the key change he made to his starting XV for the win over the Wallabies, with George Ford recalled at fly-half and Owen Farrell shifting back to inside centre as Henry Slade drops to the bench.
George Kruis was expected to be restored to the second row due to his line-out capabilities, but that has not happened as Courtney Lawes keeps his place alongside Maro Itoje.
Jonny May starts once more despite a hamstring injury suffered in Oita, while Billy Vunipola earns his 50th international cap and Mark Wilson is preferred to Lewis Ludlam as a replacement.
Jack Nowell does not make the matchday 23, but New Zealand-born back-up scrum-half Willi Heinz is named among the substitutes despite missing training due to a mystery injury earlier this week.
England XV: Daly; Watson, Tuilagi, Farrell, May; Ford, Youngs; M Vunipola, George, Sinckler; Itoje, Lawes; Curry, Underhill, B Vunipola
Replacements: Cowan-Dickie, Marler, Cole, Kruis, Wilson, Heinz, Slade, Joseph
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The All Blacks have also made only one change from the quarter-finals – and it’s a surprising one.
Scott Barrett – a line-out specialist who chiefly operates as a lock – gets the nod at blindside flanker as Sam Cane moves to the bench and Ardie Savea shuffles across to No7.
Matt Todd aggravated a shoulder injury against Ireland and his place in the squad is taken by Patrick Tuipulotu.
New Zealand XV: B Barrett; Reece, Goodhue, Lienert-Brown, Bridge; Mo’unga, Smith; Moody, Taylor, Laulala; Retallick, Whitelock; S Barrett, Savea, Read
Replacements: Coles, Tuungafasi, Ta’avao, Tuipulotu, Cane, Perenara, Williams, J Barrett
Score prediction: England 17-30 New Zealand