7 Nov 2010

England up and ready for All Blacks

1:02 am on 7 November 2010

The England rugby side will be aiming to claim their first win over New Zealand in nine attempts when they meet at Twickenham this morning.

Team manager Martin Johnson was captain the last time England beat the All Blacks, in 2003, since when they have suffered eight straight defeats.

Number eight Nick Easter says that's a record they want to put straight, they're fresh and raring to go.

However Johnson admits they'll have to play the best this team has played in a Test match to beat these guys.

New Zealand have not lost a Test to one of the home nations in Britain and Ireland since a 31-28 defeat at Twickenham in 2002.

However, although they arrive in England as the world's number one side, they saw their 15-Test unbeaten run ended by Australia last weekend.