Kieran Read says New Zealand will give England respect

Carrie Guzman
November 10, 2018

Courtney Lawes returns to the bench after overcoming a lower back problem, forcing Zach Mercer out of the matchday 23.

"Hey, look, we do the haka as a challenge but it is also more about us connecting as a team", Read told media.

Eddie Jones said this week he pays so little attention when the haka is taking place "they could be playing the Spice Girls and I wouldn't know".

"The opposition can do what they like, we'll respect what they do and hopefully the haka is shown respect as well so we'll just see what happens".

"Everyone understands how big it is". So if you have got half of it missing, you can't wipe your eye and it could affect your eyesight long term. "And we ain't got anyone on holiday this week".

Ashton earned a late call-up to the England bench in last Saturday's Test against the Boks, and will now make his first start after four years.

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New Zealand captain Kieran Read says England are one of the best sides in the world and his team will give them respect at Twickenham on Saturday.

New Zealand have won 14 of their last 15 games against England (L1), their one defeat in that time coming at Twickenham in 2012.

Doing so has split opinion with the former New Zealand centre Ma'a Nonu previously accusing England fans of "disrespect" while their ex-head coach Graham Henry has described it as "not the right thing to do".

Owen Farrell (699) is one point shy of reaching 700 points for England, so far he has knocked over 100 conversions, 151 penalty goals, two drop goals and crossed for eight tries; he's scored 86 Test points against New Zealand (7 matches including the Lions).

Subs: 16 Jamie George, 17 Alec Hepburn, 18 Harry Williams, 19 Charlie Ewels, 20 Courtney Lawes, 21 Danny Care, 22 George Ford, 23 Jack Nowell.

Replacements: Dane Coles, Ofa Tuungafasi, Nepo Laulala, Scott Barrett, Matt Todd, TJ Perenara, Richie Mo'unga, Ryan Crotty.

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