Rugby Union

All Blacks legend looks ahead to Twickenham showdown

Zinzan Brooke, who made 58 test appearances for the All Blacks, previewed England’s final QBE International fixture against New Zealand at Twickenham.

Brooke, well-known for his excellent kicking and handling skills in his prime as a No 8, highlighted the All Blacks continuity and strength but highlighted a weakness in their side.

"I think (New Zealand's) continuity of the team and the squad has maintained itself and I think that's important for the guys," Brooke told QBErugby.com in a video for YouTube.

This continuity has shown on the pitch with Steve Hansen's side have only lost once, against England at Twickenham in December, 2012, in 33 games since winning the World Cup in 2011. 

If Stuart Lancaster's side hope to repeat the victory this time around, they will have to strive to match the All Blacks high standards. 

"I think the All Blacks have certainly raised the bar for themselves and certainly for the challengers," he added.

However, with star centre Conrad Smith on sabbatical, the former back row has hinted that there may be a weakness left in the New Zealand side that England could look to exploit.

"I still think (Conrad Smith) is one of the finest rugby players to come out of New Zealand and one of the great centres and I think there will be a huge hole," concluded Brooke.

England v New Zealand is taking place on 16 November, and England will be hoping for a repeat of the performance which saw England beat the All Blacks 38-21 less than a year ago. 

Zinzan Brooke was speaking exclusively to QBErugby.com. For more great rugby videos and interviews, go to: www.qberugby.com.

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