The last time England and New Zealand faced off, the Red Rose produced arguably their best performance under Eddie Jones, winning their semi-final clash 19-7 in a sublime effort.
Prop Kyle Sinckler revealed this week that Jones used an unconventional team meeting where he cut a kiwi fruit with a samurai sword to inspire his side, and it certainly worked.
Jones’s men were fantastic on the day, dominating the collision, possession and kicking battle in a game where the experienced coach had nailed his tactics perfectly.
England were out of the blocks quickly, with robust centre Manu Tuilagi crashing over and Owen Farrell converting, while George Ford added a penalty, for a 10-0 lead at the break.
The Red Rose threatened to kick on and drown the All Blacks on the scoreboard but tries from Sam Underhill and Ben Youngs were ruled out before Ardie Savea caught a wayward lineout throw to bring the score to 13-7.
Still, the English team played with such a beautiful tempo and synergy on attack whilst actively disarming the dangerous All Blacks backline.
Ford would go on to add two more penalties to stretch the score beyond the capacity of their New Zealand rivals.
The clash will forever be remembered as one of the best England performances in years, typified by swagger-filled rugby complete with a strong carrying game and outstanding kicking performance.
This weekend in the Autumn Nations Series, these two teams face off for the first time since the 2019 semi-final.
England has endured a year of development where Jones still seems to be searching for the right combinations and style within his team, whilst the All Blacks saw an unprecedented drop in form but seem to have found a foothold.
It is worth noting that Jones tends to target certain games where he implements a few things which will be seen at the global tournament and we think this will be one of the matches, so it should be a fascinating battle at Twickenham.
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