Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

All Blacks Do Not Scare Us; Kiwis Are Not Invincible, Says Defiant England Centre

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

All Blacks Do Not Scare Us; Kiwis Are Not Invincible, Says Defiant England Centre

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BRAD Barritt insists no team is invincible and has vowed England won't be intimidated by New Zealand's reputation in Saturday's Twickenham showdown, writes ALEX LOWE.

The All Blacks have not lost an autumn international in a decade and the world champions are on a remarkable 20-match unbeaten record dating back to August 2011.

England, meanwhile, are desperate to avenge their home defeats to Australia and South Africa - and are determined to view a game against New Zealand as the best opportunity to do so.

Saracens centre Barritt said: "There is no beating about the bush, they are the best team in the world - but no team is invincible. "We don't put any player on a pedestal. We won't go in there thinking they are gods on a rugby field.

"There's a huge amount of belief in our team. There is something special about each person.

"In order to be here you're a natural born winner and you'll do anything to get to that position to win.

"We're against an opponent who has been unbeaten over the past two years but this is a huge opportunity for us.

"At the end of the day they're just humans with two legs and two arms, albeit performing to the optimum level.

"We need to raise our game and really impose what we can on them and not give them any status that's going to help them."

England's assistant coach Andy Farrell was in this same position many a time as a rugby league player with Great Britain, coming up against the great Australia sides of the 1990s.

Farrell's understands the value of selfbelief but he also stressed England's confidence is deeper than just bullish talk to the media.

Although England were beaten 16-15 by South Africa, the squad emerged from the review sessions at their Surrey base this week convinced they were the better team.

Farrell said: "We have a champion's attitude we can knock over champions along the way. …

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