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Hansen ready to tackle England

New Zealand's forwards coach Steve Hansen has vowed the All Blacks will tackle England's "old-fashioned" aggression head on at Twickenham on Saturday.

England revealed they plan to slam down the shutters on the All Blacks expansive style, with defence coach Mike Ford hoping to drag the game into an arm-wrestle. Ford claimed the try-laden Tri Nations, which New Zealand won without losing a game, does not properly represent full-on Test rugby - the inference being that England will teach them a lesson.

But Hansen said: "I think England would be happy to go from set piece to set piece to set piece, so they can take us on in that area and see if they can beat us."

He added: "We know from experience year after year that when we play England they will be very physical up front and we've got to match that and get on top of it.

"If you allow yourself to be intimidated you go through life meekly and don't achieve the things you want to achieve.

"Rugby is no different. If people are going to stand up and try to intimidate you, you will say 'I am not going to be'. I think that is huge.

"That is the type of game they want to play and we can't back away from it - but that doesn't stop us from playing our own style of rugby.

"We can mix and match our game. You don't become the number one side in the world if you don't have more than one bullet in the gun."

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