Watch Rugby New Zealand All Blacks vs England live streaming first match 07 June 2014, Eden Park Stadium, Auckland, 19.35pm (Local) 17.35 (AEDT) Saturday.All Blacks vs England live game are broadcast on Fox Sports.
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales), Assistant Referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Jérôme Garcès (France)
The All Blacks are traditionally slow starters to an international season and injury has robbed them of IRB player of the year Kieran Read and rampaging winger Julian Savea. However, it would be a major boilover for an undermanned England side to go 1-0 up in series. Under coach Stuart Lancaster, England are playing a more expansive game and they are coming off a strong Six Nations campaign. However, injury and last weekend’s English Premiership final mean Lancaster had 16 players arriving late and not considered for selection.
Keys: Experience and Eden Park. Despite three uncapped players on their bench, the All Blacks’ 23 have a combined 968 Tests between them. England’s total is 367, with 12 players having had 10 Tests or fewer. Also, the contest will be at a venue that has become a fortress for the All Blacks, who have strung together a 32-match unbeaten run (one draw followed by 31 wins) since France’s victory there 20 year ago.
The last two Tests have been crackers. In 2012 England cut the All Blacks to shreds on attack, while last year they were leading 22-20 heading into the final quarter before the All Blacks stormed back to win. England have shown they want to attack from anywhere so there should be some tries.
The All Blacks haven’t lost at Eden Park since 1994. England have only won two Tests on New Zealand soil – in 1973 and 2003. It’s hard to see anything other than a comfortable win for the All Blacks given England’s line-up. Although Stuart Lancaster’s side will do their best to beat the All Blacks up front and will at least chance their arm on attack with fullback Mike Brown capable of cutting any defence to shreds, their inexperience is likely to be their undoing. All Blacks by 10 .
New Zealand: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Cory Jane, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Jerome Kaino, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Tony Woodcock
Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Victor Vito, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Malakai Fekitoa
England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Marland Yarde, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Kyle Eastmond, 11 Jonny May, 10 Freddie Burns, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Chris Robshaw (c), 6 James Haskell, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 David Wilson, 2 Rob Webber, 1 Joe Marler
Replacements: 16 Joe Gray, 17 Matt Mullan, 18 Henry Thomas, 19 Dave Attwood, 20 Tom Johnson, 21 Lee Dickson, 22 Danny Cipriani, 23 Chris Pennell