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Retallick won over by England

Two Tests after being unable to name an England player, New Zealand lock Brodie Retallick insists the tourists are as competitive as South Africa and Australia.

Blundering All Black Retallick offered only "Michael Lawes" when asked if knew any of Stuart Lancaster's team, mistakenly referencing lock Courtney Lawes.

New Zealand have since clinched the series with victories in Auckland and Dunedin, but Retallick has developed a new-found respect for England.

"They are right up there with the pace South Africa and Australia play at," Retallick said.

"From when we played them last autumn to these two games it's definitely been a lot faster than what it has been last year and the year before.

"We've enjoyed the rivalry with England in this series. These first two Tests have been pretty tough.

"No doubt the third one will be just as tough. It's definitely a good challenge for us."

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