Drawn Lions series makes England Test bigger for All Blacks - Hansen

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       Courtney Lawes is confident England can claim their first win over New Zealand since 2012 on Saturday

And All Blacks coach Steve Hansen accepted there was more than one way to win a game.

Hansen said it would be foolish to write England off.

"For me it's a great part of the game", the No 8 added. "We have natural athletes who want to run and carry the ball and pass the ball". Eddie Jones knows the good and bad of the dual code global, quipping in reference to his 30-weeks of suspensions since he took over as England boss that "wherever there's trouble, there's Ashton".

And although England's leading Lions - Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje, Ben Te'o, Elliot Daly, Jamie George - may feel they have inside oil to draw on, the All Blacks do not appear anxious.

England enter the clash armed with possibly the game's deadliest finisher after Chris Ashton was given his first global start for four years, displacing Jack Nowell from the right wing.

The 31-year-old has amassed 40 caps in an global career interrupted by a run of lengthy suspensions, falling out of favour with successive England coaches and a season-long spell in Toulon. "He's almost there and we feel like he'll be of enormous value to us in the future", Jones said. In a thinly-veiled swipe at officials, Jones insists he is allowed to be hit late compared to Ireland's Johnny Sexton due to his resilience and willingness to get straight back up.

In the following years, however, his global star began to wane as a combination of injury, suspension and coach opinion meant he dropped down the pecking order and he missed the 2015 World Cup, having scored six tries in the 2011 edition.

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But Hansen, a former assistant coach at Wales, says recent England setbacks will mean nothing come Saturday.

"He's a tough rooster, a warrior". Farrell inspired South Africa's downfall a week ago through sheer force of will but the toll taken on his body has emerged, with Jones revealing he never plays fully fit.

Free rein is something that comes naturally to an All Blacks side where fullback Damian McKenzie will act as a "second playmaker" to star fly-half Beauden Barrett in a first-choice team featuring Sonny Bill Williams and Jack Goodhue in midfield.

"The old adage of less is more is probably a good thing", said Hansen.

Eddie Jones has given Chris Ashton his first England start for four years believing his nose for the try-line will be crucial in Saturday's long-awaited clash with New Zealand.

They get on the field, they play and they give you everything they've got and he's like that.

Now another of English rugby union's most notorious recidivists, Chris Ashton, has re-entered the Test picture, with the same kind of air of the unexpected, with his selection to start in the big Test of the autumn against the world champions, New Zealand, at Twickenham tomorrow. "Would we be so excited about playing England if we were playing twice a year, every year? - maybe not".

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