Clash of the Titans: England Poised to Challenge New Zealand Under All Blacks’ New Leadership

With the All Blacks under new leadership and England’s continued growth, the upcoming summer tour between the two sides promises an exciting clash of rugby titans. Can England capitalize on the transition and deliver a statement performance against the world’s most successful international team?

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BBC Rugby Union: England Eying Statement Against New Zealand Under New All Blacks Coach

Former All Blacks legend Dan Carter believes England possess the talent to evolve beyond “risk-free” tournament rugby and make a strong statement against New Zealand in their upcoming summer tour.

The two-time World Cup winner shared his insights ahead of England’s clashes with the All Blacks on July 6 in Dunedin and a week later in Auckland. This will mark the start of a new era under Scott Robertson, who takes over as the All Blacks’ head coach after Ian Foster’s departure.

“It’s going to be really exciting,” Carter told the PA news agency. “It’s a new coaching group in New Zealand, so there’s a lot of anticipation. We’ve lost a lot of experienced players, and everyone’s wondering if Robertson can translate his Super Rugby success to the international stage, going up against an England side that will really want to come down here and make a bit of a statement.”

England surprised many by reaching the 2022 Rugby World Cup semi-finals, where they narrowly lost to the eventual champions, South Africa. Carter believes the Six Nations has seen England take further strides in their playing style.

“I think England have actually even grown from the World Cup through the Six Nations,” he said. “Their ability or willingness to want to play with the ball a little bit more – I thought they played good tournament rugby to get as far as they did through the World Cup, but there was a lot of risk-free rugby. They’re looking to expand and grow that, and they’ve definitely got the talent there.”

The 42-year-old kicking maestro emphasized that it will be “really interesting” to see how England’s progression unfolds against the new-look All Blacks under Robertson’s guidance. The two-match series marks England’s first visit to New Zealand since their 15-13 victory in Wellington in 2003, when current head coach Steve Borthwick was an unused replacement.

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