Brodie Retallick England vs New Zealand – Courtney Lawes tells All Blacks: ‘If you don’t know who we are, you will tomorrow’

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On the eve of England’s biggest Rugby World Cup match in over a decade, Courtney Lawes vowed that they are ready to put the world on notice by ending New Zealand’s eight-year reign of dominance in Saturday’s semi-final.

England play the All Blacks in a knockout World Cup match for the first time in 24 years on Saturday with a place in next weekend’s final on the line, with Lawes starting in the second-row for what is undoubtedly the biggest game of his career.

Lawes was on the 2014 summer tour of New Zealand when Brodie Retallick memorably claimed he didn’t know a single name within the England squad, before mistakenly calling his opposite man “Michael Laws” after confusing him with the Kiwi politician and former Mayor of Whanganui. Retallick bristled towards a British journalist this week when he was reminded of his dubious claim, but Lawes smiled upon being prompted on the press conference moment five years ago and believes that the chance to silence the All Blacks once and for all comes this Saturday in Yokohama.

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“If they don’t know, then they will tomorrow,” vowed Lawes. “It’s just one of those things mate! We will just get on with it.

“We’re excited. None of us have played in a semi-final before, it’s a challenge but we’re very excited to get out there.”

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