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Tom Curry ruled out of autumn series with 'serious' ankle injury

Tom Curry ruled out of autumn series with 'serious' ankle injury”

England flanker Tom Curry has been ruled out of the remaining Quilter Internationals after suffering an ankle injury in the win over South Africa.

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".

"Talking to Eddie, I know he and England are very excited about this game, and we are too", Hansen said. If you look at our numbers overall we're actually pretty good but it's certainly much talked about when we have a game that goes off. It comes just in a different wrapper.

Asked if such moves are generally respected within the sport, Foster said: "I don't know; I think everyone's going to have mixed opinions on that".

England haven't played New Zealand since 2014 when they faced the world champions four times and lost on every occasion.

The All Blacks assistant coach, Ian Foster, believes players selected to take on England this weekend will be the best prepared they have ever been for a northern hemisphere tour and denied that Beauden Barrett's goal-kicking at fly-half was an area of concern. So he's not too bothered by it.

"But what we do know is that he is a quality person, he did a great job off the field in the Hurricanes and he was in the conversation a lot with us".

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They've got some good ideas about the game so we've got plenty of enthusiasm there.

"We don't get a chance to go away and come back at them in another two or three weeks", Foster said.

"To win a test match against a good opponent you've got to do your homework and things have to fall your way a little bit".

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

Smith insists they are in good shape for the game at Twickenham despite the long journey to London.

Obviously if they're not quite on the money then we're going to have a plan and it does open up an opportunity if we're smart so we have to make sure we're all aligned.



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