'Go to the temple and pray': England coach's freakish warning


England coach Eddie Jones insisted his side had "finished the stronger" after an agonising 16-15 loss to world champions New Zealand at a rainswept Twickenham on Saturday.

Yet England, missing some 17 players through injury and suspension, thought they had won the match with four minutes left when impressive openside flanker Sam Underhill crossed for a try after Courtney Lawes had charged down New Zealand replacement scrum-half TJ Perenara's kick.

But they reduced England's lead to two points when Barrett landed his maiden Test drop goal before a second penalty nudged the All Blacks in front for the first time in the match.

McKenzie was shoved into touch by Underhill and then Jonny May as the All Blacks came under renewed pressure and England extended their lead with a drop goal by Owen Farrell.

Barrett converted and added a penalty as New Zealand narrowed the gap to 15-10 at halftime. You don't see that from New Zealand teams, the All Blacks especially. "If you look at any sort of metrics in the last 20, we won it and we'll take enormous confidence from that", Jones said.

"We don't want rain come kickoff time, and we've shown over the last couple of years if we can get our game going we can push teams hard".

Jones said: 'Dylan has a thumb problem so he struggled gripping the jersey of the tighthead and that caused us problems in the scrum, which is why we took him off a bit earlier than we normally would.

Hansen said the All Blacks would be taking no risks with Moody's recovery.

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England's form so far this autumn appears to have buried their troubles which struck in a disappointing Six Nations campaign and a 2-1 series defeat on tour to South Africa in June. "It was a fantastic game of rugby and we're obviously devastated, ' said Jones".

Stellar fly-half Farrell is one of the few survivors from the last England team to beat the All Blacks in 2012 and is certain to be crucial to any hopes of causing a major upset at Twickenham.

From one high ball that was not gathered cleanly, Barrett gathered in an offside position. "We're excited about where we're going". "There's no doubt he was offside, just about in the halfback's back pocket", he said.

If Eddie Jones's warning that they will be "physically smashed" against England on Saturday was not jarring enough for Japan's players, their coach has revealed his squad are being paid only £13.64 a day (2,000 yen) to represent their country.

Farrell coming up against Beauden Barrett to prove who is the best number 10 in the world and Brad Shields coming up against his country in only his second match at Twickenham added to the narrative. They've been together three months, we have been together three weeks. "We had opportunities to win". Last time we were here was 2015 and things didn't go that well for England.

"They are the best team in the world at the minute and have been for however many years".

"It was a really good step forward because you benchmark yourself against New Zealand and we will get a lot of reward for the work we've done".