Steve Hansen relishing Twickenham clash with 'good bloke' Eddie Jones

Postado Novembro 09, 2018

I think he's a good bloke.

England will face back-to-back world champions New Zealand for the first time in four years at Twickenham on Saturday, with Hansen insisting Jones' men remain a global power.

"So you'll probably find people that are close to those players and family that might support it, then you'd have others with a different view on players jumping into a national team from another country so quickly".

"Tom is not available against New Zealand and has been ruled out of the rest of the series as well", said forwards coach Steve Borthwick.

Hansen said Jones's experience means the All Blacks will be tested at Twickenham, even if England are depleted by injuries.

England head coach Eddie Jones was aware that New Zealand had declined the offer of free tickets from the RFU, assuming that the players had preferred to watch the Springboks match in the warmth of their Teddington hotel, "drinking cups of tea, maybe having some scones, saying "oh, we'll take these guys".

"He injured his ankle but beyond that we don't know how long, but for the next three Test matches he'll be unavailable for us - everybody else is available for selection".

Asked if Jones would be under the greater pressure given England's poor record this year, Hansen told Sky Sports: "There's a lot of pressure there, all the time, whether you're winning or losing".

"Eddie more than anybody understands that".

"He's got a fantastic future ahead of him".

"We had a meeting with the senior players last night (Sunday) and have a pretty good idea how we want to play against New Zealand".

"He's had some success against New Zealand in the past, but hopefully he doesn't get any on Saturday", Hansen said of Jones.

"We've got a lot of options there", added the former England captain. "They are a good rugby team".