England can set the tone for their next nine months by beating New Zealand

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Eddie Jones can set his plans in motion against an All Blacks side eager to avenge defeat in semi-finals of the last World Cup

It really is a sign of our turbulent times that the UK has had more prime ministers in three months than the All Blacks have played England in eight years. Almost as striking is the fact that Britain was firmly in the EU and David Cameron was still in Downing Street when Eddie Jones began his Twickenham tenure. When people question England’s lack of oval-ball consistency it is a clearly relative observation.

Amid the political and economic maelstrom, however, some things never change. The All Blacks still despise losing to England and memories of the sides’ last meeting, in the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup, have not wholly faded. Jones’s team have never performed better than they did that night in Yokohama and it could be argued New Zealand have never entirely recovered either.

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Written by Robert Kitson
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/nov/18/rugby-union-england-can-set-the-tone-for-their-next-nine-months-by-beating-new-zealand under the title “England can set the tone for their next nine months by beating New Zealand”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.