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This is the big one. Eddie Jones has always said to judge him on this World Cup, and England’s semi-final with New Zealand tomorrow is the biggest match of his tenure.
The best two sides in the world meet in Yokohama and if Jones’s team win it will be absolutely enormous for England and for world rugby.
Jones has done his best to downplay his side’s chances and create distractions this week, but this game is four years in the making and there is a lot at stake, including a place in the World Cup final.
Both head coaches have been bold and brave in their selections and the return of George Ford to the England starting XV is a significant one.
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The fly-half has been brought in for his ability to break the gain-line and kick accurately in behind the All Blacks. It’s a move with positive intent from Jones who drops Henry Slade, despite his great performance last weekend as England demolished Australia.
I expect to see a lot of kicking from England tomorrow to try and occupy New Zealand’s territory, while backing their own defensive shape.
Ford’s return also means Manu Tuilagi moves to outside-centre and having him further afield of the breakdown could pose New Zealand problems. It will leave more pressure
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