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Record defeat still hurts - McCaw

Richie McCaw admits New Zealand's record defeat by England last autumn has "added a bit of edge" to Saturday's QBE International at Twickenham.

The All Blacks endured their only loss in 33 matches since August 2011 when they were thumped 38-21 by Stuart Lancaster's side 12 months ago.

There are 13 survivors from that record defeat and McCaw admits the result has not been forgotten.

"A few of us have got memories from last year so that has added a bit of edge," the All Blacks captain said.

"There is a completely different feel to this year. The guys are pretty excited and on edge. We were a little bit flat last year.

"We didn't adapt well in the game and our game has moved on well since then.

"Over the years I've seen you can use history as a bit of extra motivation.

"But once you get into the game it isn't going to be the thing that ensures you get the performance and gets you over the line.

"There is a question mark about what will happen on Saturday. That's why you play the game and we want to go out at Twickenham and perform.

"It is one of the toughest places to play at times. That adds the edge and that was the same last year."

New Zealand will be led out by fly-half Dan Carter, who will become the fifth All Blacks centurion after McCaw, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock and Mils Muliaina.

"We all want to play well for Dan, but you do that by the getting process right and performing. Then you can sit back afterwards and enjoy it," McCaw said.

"We'd be kidding ourselves if we thought he didn't consider reaching 100 caps. He's pretty close to it now and you can see him enjoying it."


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