Brodie Retallick JAMES HASKELL: England must ignore Haka and New Zealand hype and focus on themselves

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Brodie Retallick JAMES HASKELL: Don’t worry about the Haka… it’s just 15 blokes dancing! England need to SMASH the All Blacks

  • England must focus on themselves rather than worry about New Zealand threat
  • Eddie Jones’ side must ‘beat up’ New Zealand if they’re to have chance of victory
  • England have a better lineout and scrum – success in those areas could seal win

By James Haskell For The Daily Mail


It made me laugh on Monday when I recalled All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick being asked about the time he referred to Courtney Lawes as ‘Michael Lawes’.

It was five years ago but I remember how much it irritated us. I thought: ‘Cheers, mate, I’ve spent all week talking about you lot, I know the name of everyone in your team.’

After that match – which we lost – I walked past Retallick and said: ‘Learn our f****** names next time you p****.’

James Haskell has urged England not to worry about the Haka or hype around New Zealand

Haskell says England have better lineout than New Zealand and must use it to their advantage

Haskell also believes England are superior in the scrum and have the quality to cause a shock

All hell would have broken loose if the boot was on the other foot. If I’d come out and talked about ‘Colin Retallick’ then the Kiwis would have been trotting out the ‘arrogant English’ line. It turns out, of course, that Retallick is a top man and an even better player.

At the time, it struck me as a bit of Kiwi arrogance, but after speaking to people I realised that it’s because they just focus on what they do. They look at opposition threats but they don’t care about anyone else.

That’s what England should be doing this week. Don’t make the mistake of spending all week talk

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