Brodie Retallick How to beat the All Blacks: Sir Clive’s eight-point plan

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England face the All Blacks on Saturday as they bid to reach a fourth Rugby World Cup final.

Eddie Jones has restored George Ford to No 10 as he tries to mastermind victory over the back-to-back world champions.

Here Sportsmail columnist and World Cup winning coach SIR CLIVE WOODWARD offers up his eight-point plan for success… 

England’s kicking game against New Zealand needs to be timely, accurate and intelligent

1 Play an intelligent kicking game

Cut out box kicks, they are just too risky against New Zealand as it merely gifts them possession.

Our kicking game needs to be timely, accurate and intelligent. Only kick when the odds are in your favour. Get a kick marginally wrong and New Zealand will punish you.

Kick very long so an All Black has to turn to collect the ball. It is not easy, but this is what great teams can manipulate. Chase hard but in a controlled and organised fashion. They do have good back-three runners, but if they are under pressure running from deep in their own half even they will think twice about attacking.

These guys love to run and play very quickly from any subsequent rucks which we must try to nullify with intelligent kicking.

2 Never give them bonus possession

This is fundamental and extends to all segments of the game.

The best way to play New Zealand is to ensure they have as little possession as possible.

So, firstly you pay full attention to securing your own ball at scrum, lineout and restarts. If in doubt at the lineout opt for the short, safe ball rather than a risky long ball.

Possession is everything. And there is another aspect to this that all successful teams master. If New Zealand are pinned deep in their own 22 and they have a scrum do not give away a penalty, make them kick it out to regain possession. 

Keep that scrum legitimate, any scrum penalty just gives them an easy out. Ditto at lineouts.

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