England take on New Zealand in the Second Test in Dunedin, NZ. IT’S another smorgasbord of Test rugby action this weekend as the game’s best face off across the globe.Head to Head: All Blacks Won 29 England Won 7 Drawn 1, Last Result: All Blacks 20 England 15 at Eden Park, June 7, 2014.
Interest in the series has escalated after England’s second-stringers came so close to a boilover at Eden Park. Now closer to full strength, they threaten to topple an All Blacks side who want to prove their performance represented rust – not deep-seated corrosion. The return of wing Julian Savea adds size and power while Ben Smith will want to prove himself as a Test fullback. England have stuck mostly with the forward pack that impressed in Auckland but four changes and two positional switches in the backline could prove disruptive.
Keys: An indoor venue guarantees perfect conditions and, usually, a fast-moving game. This should suit the All Blacks, who feel England are vulnerable when the pace is picked up. If the tourists repeat their scrum and lineout precision they could squeeze a win, based around the accurate punting and goalkicking boot of Owen Farrell.
All Blacks: Ben Smith, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Julian Savea, Aaron Cruden, Aaron Smith, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (capt), Liam Messam, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Owen Franks, Dane Coles, Tony Woodcock.
Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Patrick Tuipulotu, Victor Vito, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Malakai Fekitoa.
England: Mike Brown, Manu Tuilagi, Luther Burrell, Billy Twelvetrees, Marland Yarde, Owen Farrell, Danny Care, Ben Morgan, Chris Robshaw (capt), Tom Wood, Geoff Parling, Joe Launchbury, David Wilson, Rob Webber, Joe Marler.
Reserves: Dylan Hartley, Matt Mullan, Kieran Brookes, Courtney Lawes, Billy Vunipola, Ben Youngs, Freddie Burns, Chris Ashton.