Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Foster wary of wounded England

Ian Foster, right, says it is a 'dangerous time to be playing England'

New Zealand assistant coach Ian Foster is wary of a wounded England seeking to rescue a dismal autumn by humbling the world champions at Twickenham on Saturday.

Successive defeats to Australia and South Africa have left Stuart Lancaster's side facing a whitewash in their QBE internationals against the southern hemisphere heavyweights.

But Foster refused to overlook England's challenge as New Zealand attempt to stretch their unbeaten run to 21 Tests, saying: "It's a dangerous time to be playing England. We saw that a little bit when we played Wales on Saturday. They will have targeted us and there's no better way for redemption when you've had a couple of defeats than to knock over a top team."

He added: "Between that and the youth they have, a little sense of adventure could come into their game.

"They've come off two big games so the energy levels will be pretty even and it will just be about who executes the best.

"They showed during their summer series in South Africa that they can play with a bit of width. They proved they have the ability to do that.

"It's going to be at least as tough as the Wales match from what we've seen.

"That was a very physical game and we were fortunate to execute really well in some moments and pile on a lot of pressure."

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