Rugby

All Blacks are beatable, says England's Ashton

2018-11-06 12:23
Chris Ashton (AFP)

Cape Town - England wing Chris Ashton feels they can beat the All Blacks, but said they will have to be at their best to do that at Twickenham on Saturday.

After starting their November Test campaign with a hard-fought 12-11 victory over the Springboks last weekend, Ashton said they can ill afford any errors against the world champions.

"Anyone on the day is beatable, it's just that they win a lot more times than other teams do," Ashton told Sky Sports.

"They win so many in the last few minutes of the game, it's something you can't ever give up on. If you're off on any one little bit of your game you're going to get hit.

"It's a great occasion playing them at Twickenham and hopefully I will get the opportunity to be part of it."

Ashton ended a four-year spell in the international wilderness by coming on as a replacement in the last 10 minutes against South Africa.

"I was obviously over the moon, a little bit on edge watching the game, you want to be involved so much but I was so happy to get on," he added.

"It's been a long time, four years is a long time in rugby.

"It feels like a long journey to get back so it was quite a proud moment for me to get back out there."

England head coach Eddie Jones has highlighted the importance of discipline against the All Blacks but Ashton rejects suggestions that they need to play at a faster pace.

"International rugby is high [pace], I know it may not have appeared it at the weekend, but it is high because attacking and defending is so quick," said Ashton.

"There are quite a few breaks in the game and when the ball is in play it is going.

"New Zealand probably keep the ball in play a lot more than others, they're likely to attack so I imagine it will be a very different game to last weekend."

The 31-year-old was in the England team that claimed a famous 38-21 win over New Zealand at Twickenham in 2012.

Although England dominated the world champions, who had not lost for 20 matches, in that encounter, Ashton does not think England can take anything from that game.

"It was a big achievement to beat New Zealand who were on such a long winning streak at the time but there has been such a change in players, coaches and environment, the mindset is completely different," he said.

"We've moved on a lot so apart from personal achievement I think it's hard for the group to take anything from it."

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