"We've moved on a lot so apart from personal achievement I think it's hard for the group to take anything from it".
But Jones has been wrong-footed by the All Blacks, as second-row Retallick gleefully revealed to the New Zealand Herald. "You will say fantastic, another bloke we can terrorise". "It was physical, it's probably not the style of rugby we're used to but they're extremely good at what they did. I think that's important to understand".
The rivals clash for the first time in four years when the All Blacks visit Twickenham on Saturday amid rising expectations after the autumn series was launched with a rousing 12-11 victory over South Africa. "It's just that they [New Zealand] win a lot more times than other teams do". It comes just in a different wrapper.
The Kiwi was also keen to emphasise the warmth of the relationship with his England counterpart.
"Talking to Eddie, I know he and England are very excited about this game, and we are, too", Hansen said on Monday. "It's always good to have other people who are doing a similar role to yourself to be able to talk to... you've got to have some form of relationship that allows you to get on with each other".
"So it probably indicates I like him and he might like me; I don't know".
"When we were successful with the Wallabies we could beat them because we could get to their set-piece, particularly their line-out", he said.
Ashton ended a four-year spell in the global wilderness by coming on as a replacement in the last 10 minutes against South Africa.
Hansen's apparent esprit de corps with Jones - the pair communicate every second week and their wives regularly stay in touch - suggests the build-up and aftermath of this highly-anticipated test will take a respectful tone, but that's not to say the All Blacks coach won't fire a few verbal bullets at the press, particularly those writing for English publications.
"He's had some success against New Zealand in the past, but hopefully he doesn't get any on Saturday". "They are a good rugby team".
Obviously if they're not quite on the money then we're going to have a plan and it does open up an opportunity if we're smart so we have to make sure we're all aligned.
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