Scott Barrett into All Blacks backrow for England semifinal

Scott Barrett into All Blacks backrow for England semifinal

Eddie Jones has likened England's World Cup semi-final against New Zealand in Yokohama on Saturday to a heavyweight boxing fight, declaring "we're ready to go".

To accommodate Ford, captain Owen Farrell moves to inside centre and Manu Tuilagi shifts to 13 with Henry Slade dropping to the bench. As long as Scott doesn't follow some of Dad's tactics from '98 - you probably can't get away with it now.' - Jordie Barrett says his father, former flanker Kevin, will not be able to resist passing on tips to Scott about playing at number six.

May had sat out part of one of England's training session near their Disneyland resort on Tokyo Bay, but will make the starting team if he passes a fitness test, with Jones having the full compliment of 31 players in his squad to choose from.

"I think he's better than that now", said the Australian. However, that pressure is always there whenever you play quality opposition, regardless of who you are.

Ford has been one of England's leading players at Japan 2019 and was named man of the match in a pool win against the United States.

Slade got the nod to play against Australia because Jones feared the physical presence in the midfield of Samu Kerevi.

New Zealand skipper Kieran Read will earn his 126th global cap after overcoming a calf injury, while he will also equal former hooker Sean Fitzpatrick by captaining the All Blacks for the 51st time. "Horses for courses", Jones said. But the days we've had to acknowledge it;s there; now we're expected to win every game whether it's qf, sf or just an ordinary test match. What he needs to work out is what are England going to do about the pressure they are under.

"For a boy out of Samoa, there's no greater challenge than playing for your adopted country against New Zealand". He even tossed in a spying allegation about somebody secretly filming England's practice, although he didn't specifically say it was from New Zealand.

"New Zealand are a great team and they have an impressive winning record since the last World Cup".

All Blacks boss Steve Hansen hit back by stating "they have got a whole four years' work resulting on one outcome", but Jones refused to engage in the mind games any further. He has promoted the All Blacks as the best team in the history of sport, but then suggested they could be mentally fragile under the burden of knockout pressure.

"Everyone's been working towards that".

And, when asked where the Anglo-Kiwi match stood in the pantheon of rugby rivalries, Hansen selected South Africa as New Zealand's greatest rugby adversary, despite facing the double-headed monster of England with an antagonistic Aussie coach this weekend.

'We haven't done anything bad yet, so it's an exceptional week for us'.

A year ago, Barrett came on against England early in the second half at Twickenham to give the All Blacks extra options at the lineout, where they subsequently caused significant disruption on England's throws.

Meanwhile, Jones has joked his wife may be supporting New Zealand this weekend.

'Which is why for 2 ½ years we have been building up a game to play NZ, so we don't have to bring a lot of new stuff into our game this week'.

The only other change to England's matchday 23 sees back-row Mark Wilson replace Lewis Ludlam on the bench.

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