Rugby: 'Fearless' England think All Blacks vulnerable

The "fearless" English rugby team are relishing the opportunity to play against the All Blacks this weekend and assistant coach Andy Farrell believes the world champions are vulnerable.

England head into their final autumn test on the back of narrow defeats to Australia and South Africa but Farrell thinks his young side can upset the odds and beat New Zealand.

"They are beatable," Farrell told the BBC, even though it hasn't happened in 20 matches and the All Blacks haven't been toppled in an end-of-year tour match in a decade.

"This [England] group is fearless. It could certainly be a great milestone."

Farrell said he saw enough in the 16-15 defeat by South Africa last weekend to believe they are on the right track.

Despite New Zealand's daunting record, Farrell said the England players are in good spirits and relishing the opportunity to test themselves against the best.

"The discussions this week have been ones that were upbeat and the players are super-excited about playing against the best in the world. I would think our boys will see this as a massive privilege to be involved in at such a time in their development, to play against a side that is really, really experienced and has been through a lot and made themselves one of the best sporting teams at the moment.

"Let's be honest, New Zealand are a fantastic side at the minute. There aren't many weaknesses throughout. They seem to be completely in sync and they have grown together as a team. They are playing some outstanding rugby at the moment.

"They do a lot of things right but they are also vulnerable in places, there is no doubt about that. You cannot be exceptional in every single department for the whole 80 minutes.

"It is up to us to make them have an off day and hopefully be on song ourselves."


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