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England v New Zealand Key Battles

England must defeat New Zealand in Saturday's second Test at Forsyth Barr Stadium if they are to level the series.

Here Press Association Sport examines three key battles that will shape the match.


Only one winner emerged from this duel in the first Test with Robshaw comfortably outplaying his opposite number. Statistics show McCaw completed four all-important turnovers, but the All Blacks' ageing openside undoubtedly came off second best to Robshaw who was the dominant force on the pitch. Expect England's captain to reign supreme again in Dunedin.


Two diminutive but brilliant half-backs will engage in a battle of wits that will be influential on the result. Care was sorely missed in the first Test as he recovered from a shoulder injury and England are a far more dynamic with his energy and quick-thinking present at nine. Smith is also a handful with his vision keeping opponents on guard.


Tuilagi's Test debut on the wing is an exciting selection that has the potential to backfire spectacularly. The Leicester wrecking ball was England's most attacking weapon from outside centre at Eden Park, so tinkering with his position is a gamble. Standing opposite him is prolific All Black Savea who will be ready to exploit any hint of weakness.

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