England Autumn Internationals – The battle on and off the pitch

England Autumn Internationals – The battle on and off the pitch

Hard hits, close calls and missed opportunities- these were the talking points from England’s fixture against South Africa. But what of their next match against the All Blacks, and how are sterling and the Kiwi dollar performing in the currency markets?

As reports emerge of a rumoured Brexit deal coming closer to reality, the Kiwi is suffering because of the US China trade war. As England prepares to face perhaps their toughest match of the series, we ask sports pundit and former England International Andy Goode for his analysis on South Africa and his predictions for this weekend’s match against New Zealand

It was a great result this weekend considering the low possession and territory England held in the first half. The real talking points were within the second half, during his half time team talk Eddie Jones would have riled up the team to push for greater control and intensity in defence.  

Regarding the Owen Farrell incident, yes it was a penalty due to his right arm being down by his side but it wouldn’t be worthy of a red card. The tackle incident overshadowed outstanding performances from Harry Williams, Jamie George and Zac Mercer.

England v New Zealand will be a big test for both sides. New Zealand fielded a secondary team when they played Japan, their focus and energy fully on England. South Africa squandered opportunities, which is not something that the All Blacks will do. Admittedly New Zealand are the favourites this weekend, but do not underestimate the Twickenham factor. The victory last weekend will provide England three crucial elements to enter Saturday’s game; confidence, momentum and belief.

GBP V NZD 

 Brexit seems to know no bounds and has spread as far to New Zealand. During the match, England and the All Blacks will be trading tackles but after March 2019 they hope to be trading more than that. New Zealand is currently a prominent trading partner for the UK with post-Brexit negotiations for a Free Trade agreement (FTA) seen as a priority for both governments. Continuing escalation between the US and China has also knocked confidence within New Zealand’s main export markets, with dairy prices falling to a two year low. Less demand in the US for New Zealand beef brought prices down, with log prices up on the year due to higher demand in China.

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