All Blacks expect tough ride
All Blacks winger Sitiveni Sivivatu told Sky Sports News that facing England at Twickenham will be a huge challenge.
Last Updated: 25/11/08 1:48pm
New Zealand winger Sitiveni Sivivatu told Sky Sports News that facing England at Twickenham will still be a huge challenge for the All Blacks, despite the home side's problems.
Martin Johnson's side had been soundly beaten by Australia before world champions South Africa inflicted the heaviest ever defeat on an England team at Twickenham last Saturday.
New Zealand, meanwhile, have beaten Scotland, Ireland and Wales and are looking for the grand slam with a win at England's HQ on Saturday.
Graham Henry's men are overwhelming favourites, with England fans only worried about the margin of victory possible after recent displays from Johnson's men.
Winger Sivivatu insists, though, that the All Blacks squad will not be take anything for granted, and they still see Saturday's fixture as a special one.
"It's the biggest challenge for us as a team," Sivivatu told Sky Sports News.
"Playing England, especially playing England at Twickenham, that's always hard for all of us in the southern hemisphere.
"The atmosphere at Twickenham is great, it's the biggest in rugby, as it's the home of rugby and it's always a big challenge to play them there."
All Blacks lock Ali Williams echoed Sivivatu's sentiments, saying there will be no complacency in the travelling camp.
Williams says New Zealand will be starting right at the beginning again and planning thoroughly to avoid being on the wrong end of a shock.
Williams says they will not be taking anything from South Africa's victory on Saturday, saying England's last game now means nothing.
"We'd be foolish to take too much out of that game," said Williams.
"I think every time that England comes up against the All Blacks, we're starting from scratch.
"And history doesn't mean that much so for us it's back to the drawing board, and working on the basics.
"We're going to get ourselves up and ready for an exciting game at Twickenham."