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Friday 26 December 2014

Ashton warning for England

England's Chris Ashton is wary of the threat posed by New Zealand
England's Chris Ashton is wary of the threat posed by New Zealand

Chris Ashton has warned England that ruthless New Zealand have the ability to put Saturday's QBE International out of reach in a matter of minutes.

The All Blacks are the deadliest finishers in the game and are known for their capacity to effortlessly blow opponents away as they switch through the gears.

"I have only had the luxury of playing against them twice," Ashton said.

"The first time was my first game at Twickenham and we let them get a couple of tries in early and that was it.

"That could have been a hiding but we managed to get back into the game and it never turned out to be that way.

"Last December when we beat them 38-21 there was a little point in the game when they scored a couple of quick tries.

"You suddenly think the game has turned in their favour but we managed to get back on the front foot again.

"If you let them get on a roll like they do they will score tries all day.

"They seem to have that 20 minute blast and before you know it four tries have gone in.

"It doesn't matter if it's a wing or a prop, they can all catch and pass and score tries."

New Zealand are desperate to avenge their record defeat at Twickenham last year, their only loss in 33 games, while England are hoping to record a seventh successive win at HQ.

"It's not every day you get to play against New Zealand at home, especially on such an occasion when they're going through another unbeaten tear," Ashton said.

"They're looking to come to Twickenham having been beaten last year and wanting to win this game a little more than the other ones."

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