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Cueto: We're clued up on Williams

Mark Cueto admits England must stop "Superman" Sonny Bill Williams if they are to stand a chance of securing a famous victory over New Zealand.

Williams, the former Kiwi rugby league star, will make his All Blacks Test debut at Twickenham on Saturday at outside centre after being mentored at Toulon by Jonny Wilkinson.

"We've got a load of computer footage which we can click on and analyse all the players. When you click on Sonny Bill it looks like Superman, it's absolutely ridiculous," said Cueto. "He's obviously an exceptional individual player. He is a massive unit, his off-loading ability is amazing, he can break tackles well and his defence is solid."

He added: "From that point of view he's a world class player. You don't get average players at this level, especially in an All Blacks shirt. They are the best team in the world if you give them the opportunity they will just totally destroy you - but I have spoken to Jonny about him and the boys are well clued up on him.

"It's his first time in an All Black shirt and it's at Twickenham so hopefully we can put pressure on him, get in his face, and see what he comes up with."

Cueto knows that with less than a year until the World Cup, it is vital England start to build on their 21-20 triumph against Australia in Sydney.

And despite all the talk from defence coach Mike Ford of slamming down the shutters, Cueto vowed England will look to attack the All Blacks from the outset.

"To get that win on Australian turf was massive. It was great for belief and confidence," said Cueto. "From an attacking point of view we want to go out and play as we've tried to do over the past few games.

"There's not even a mention of playing a tight game and kicking for territory, all that kind of stuff. There's not even been a thought of that. Certainly from a defensive point of view we need to get in their faces and hopefully preventing them from doing what they're good at."

"But of course you want to score tries, I've never been scared to say that."


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