'We're prepared for New Zealand clash' - England coach Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones wants England to finish the campaign with a win
Eddie Jones wants England to finish the campaign with a win

England coach Eddie Jones has urged his side to challenge against the All Blacks as the two teams face each other at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday.

England started the ongoing campaign with a 29-30 victory over Argentina but bounced back with a 52-13 win over Japan last weekend.

On the other hand, the All Blacks had a mixed year having lost home series against Ireland for the first time while also suffering a defeat against Argentina in New Zealand. They also had a close game against Scotland which they won 31-23 but trounced Wales with a 32-point margin in their previous game.

Despite their indifferent form which saw New Zealand slip in the World Rugby Rankings, Jones reckons facing Ian Foster's men will be a huge challenge for England.

“Everyone’s excited,” said Jones.

“This is like if you’re a mountain climber going to the top of Mount Everest.

“New Zealand are historically the most successful team in world rugby and the team you want to play against. It takes a massive effort to beat them and our players understand that. We’re prepared for it. We’re going after them, they’re not coming after us.

“We expect the best version of them,” added Jones. “It’s the last game of their tour and they want to finish the tour well.

“It’s been a tough old year for them in which they’ve had a lot of criticism, but they ended up winning the Rugby Championship so they did well and that shows how much they can get their mind on the job.”