John Drake

27 Oct: England v New Zealand KO 2.30pm (BBC TV)

Who will win?  

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  1. 1. Who will win?

    • England by 13 points or more
      2
    • England by 7 to 12 points
      16
    • England by 1 to 6 points
      23
    • Draw
      2
    • New Zealand by 1 to 6 points
      12
    • New Zealand by 7 to 12 points
      19
    • New Zealand by 13 points or more
      5

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Discuss the First Test between England v New Zealand (at KCOM Stadium Hull) here.

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I really hope the NZ team turn up for this series and put in the effort they seem to reserve for the Aussies, the last couple of 'Tours' they have made to these shores have not completely convinced me that they have had 100% commitment, there has been a lot of vibes of a new dawn under Micheal Maguire's leadership, I hope they proove it to be so.

Hoping for a great series, and an England victory in a full on competitive nothing asked or given battle of skill and attrition.

 

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10 minutes ago, Harry Stottle said:

I really hope the NZ team turn up for this series and put in the effort they seem to reserve for the Aussies, the last couple of 'Tours' they have made to these shores have not completely convinced me that they have had 100% commitment, there has been a lot of vibes of a new dawn under Micheal Maguire's leadership, I hope they proove it to be so.

Hoping for a great series, and an England victory in a full on competitive nothing asked or given battle of skill and attrition.

 

Looking at them v Aus, they will be full of confidence and no doubt it will be a tough battle. 

I've gone for a close score to England.  If Widdop and SB had been fit, I think we'd be favourites, but without him its pretty even. 

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Some very good players missing for England but We have some very capable replacements for most.

The big one is Widdop. One of the best in the world in his position and at the peak of his career. Bennett has to get the 6 and 7 combination right and playing well for an Englad win. The team list will be very interesting and I will wait for the announcements before making any prediction.

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44 minutes ago, Harry Stottle said:

I really hope the NZ team turn up for this series and put in the effort they seem to reserve for the Aussies, the last couple of 'Tours' they have made to these shores have not completely convinced me that they have had 100% commitment, there has been a lot of vibes of a new dawn under Micheal Maguire's leadership, I hope they proove it to be so.

Hoping for a great series, and an England victory in a full on competitive nothing asked or given battle of skill and attrition.

 

Maguire must be up for it even if nobody else is.

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Maguire brings discipline and structure to the Kiwis, which they didn't have under the inexperienced Kidwell. Hoping for an epic series.

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New Zealand by 6 in a low scoring game. Just think theyve had a better build up and Widdop is a huge miss.

We'll get better and win the series 2-1

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If Widdop had been fit especially i would fancy us to win quite comfortably . Losing him and Big Sam is a big blow , among a few other WC regulars . They’ve lost RTS as well , but I think our major absentees will make it closer series . Looking at it though I still think we should have enough on home soil . Johnson is obviously the main threat through which everything will eminate , among a side which carries threat , but I’ll go for us 2-1

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New Zealand if they can field their best players.

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1 hour ago, The Hallucinating Goose said:

England to win but not by much. 12-6. 

Hicks is ref. 

Couldn’t get a NRL ref over ? 

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1 hour ago, DavidM said:

Couldn’t get a NRL ref over ? 

You know I'm not sure that Hicks refffing is good or bad, whenever we have home refs especially against Aus but it seems to apply also with NZ, our refs seemingly are to wary of being percieved to favour the country of their birth, they appear to go with favouring the opposition on most if not all of the 50/50 calls they have to make for fear of reprisals against them.

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England by 6 

2 excellent packs of forwards - they have the edge in the backs but I think home advantage will get us the win

Plenty of World Class talent on show - it should be brilliant!

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Interesting match-up, I'm not sure which way it will go. The Kiwi outside backs will be a handfull and maybe that extra zip will get them home in a close one. Eng 10 - 14 NZ

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Well my tickets have turned up with just a day to spare so right now just hope it's a good game, NZ to win by a converted try or less be great if England win which would set up the next game nicely

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6 hours ago, MattSantos said:

Who owns the International broadcast rights? It was advertised on watchnrl but its since gone from their listings. 

No idea. Fox League have it for Aus and L'Equipe for France.

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4 hours ago, Futtocks said:

No idea. Fox League have it for Aus and L'Equipe for France.

FOX League should be watch NRL shouldn't it, but they've confirmed that they're not showing it, despite advertising it earlier in the week.

Will try and look at the FOX Sport channels i have, but suspect they wont show it, so it's VPN on the laptop sadly.

 

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21 hours ago, Harry Stottle said:

I really hope the NZ team turn up for this series and put in the effort they seem to reserve for the Aussies, the last couple of 'Tours' they have made to these shores have not completely convinced me that they have had 100% commitment, there has been a lot of vibes of a new dawn under Micheal Maguire's leadership, I hope they proove it to be so.

Hoping for a great series, and an England victory in a full on competitive nothing asked or given battle of skill and attrition.

 

England are always competitive at home, even against Australia. The Kiwis will be trying, don't doubt that. The international standard now is much more even. Widdop must be a big loss for England.

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If NZ get involved in a forward battle we win , if they fire it out wide we could be in trouble , at least with Hicks reffing there will be no binnings or sending offs .

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