New Zealand v England: Key Battles That Will Shape Auckland Test

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New Zealand v England: Key Battles That Will Shape Auckland Test
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England’s heavily depleted side goes in against an All Blacks side almost at full strength for the first Test on Saturday.

As well as missing a gaggle of first-choice players, England also have the weight of history against them. The All Blacks have not tasted defeat in Auckland in 31 Tests.

But if Stuart Lancaster has achieved anything in his time rebuilding the English rugby mentality, it is that he has instilled an iron will in his men.

They will need all of that resolve combine with a clinical mindset when chances come their way to make history on Saturday.

Here is where the key battle will unfold.

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