Brodie Retallick England v New Zealand: If stars hit their peak, England will win – Matt Dawson

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England can’t be ‘spectators’ against New Zealand – Eddie Jones
Rugby World Cup semi-final: England v New Zealand
Venue:International Stadium, YokohamaDate:Saturday, 26 OctoberKick-off:09:00 BST
Coverage:Full commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live, plus text updates on the BBC Sport website and app.

England will dethrone defending champions New Zealand in their Rugby World Cup semi-final if their key players deliver, says Matt Dawson.

New Zealand have won 15 of their past 16 meetings with England and all three of their previous World Cup encounters.

But former England scrum-half Dawson believes Eddie Jones’ side have the ability to upset the odds.

“England have some world-class players. If that group play to their best, England will win,” he told BBC 5 Live.

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“It starts with individual performance. The front row, Maro Itoje and Owen Farrell are world class. Billy Vunipola, Ben Youngs, Manu Tuilagi and Elliot Daly must step up to that level. Tom Curry and Sam Underhill have got to obliterate the opposition.

“And then England have got to assume that they make no mistakes at the weekend – no offsides, no penalties, nothing. They have got to play the perfect game.”

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