New Zealand captain Kieran Read is refusing to look past England ahead of Saturday’s clash and insists they deserve respect. England haven’t lined up against New Zealand since their meeting at Twickenham in November 2014, when the Kiwis triumphed 24-21.
Read believes the world champions will go up against a much stronger side than four years ago and expects Saturday’s clash to be an extremely physical affair.
The 33-year-old feels England are one of the best teams in the world and insists they must be treated with respect. “We’re focused on what they’ve got this time around,” Read said. “As a team they’ve certainly improved and right now they’re one of the top teams in the world.
“They play a game that can be fairly conservative but it wins football games and they’ve got some guys out there that are pretty devastating with the ball in the hand so we’ll give them due respect for that.”