New Zealand vs. England: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Rugby Preview

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 13, 2014

England’s Manu Tuilagi is tackled by New Zealand’s Dane Coles during the International Rugby Test at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday, June 7, 2014. (AP Photo/SNPA, Ross Setford) NEW ZEALAND OUT
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England will be out for revenge in the second Test in Dunedin on Saturday against New Zealand, after being cruelly beaten in the dying moments of the Auckland encounter.

An under-strength England team—who many expected to be thrashed at Eden Park—were looking like claiming a famous draw before Conrad Smith's last-gasp try made it 20-15 to the hosts.

However, Stuart Lancaster's side will have taken great confidence from a fine performance against the world champions and, with reinforcements arriving, England will fancy their chances of winning on Saturday.

Read on for a full preview, as well as viewing information and kick-off time.

 

Date: Saturday, June 14

Time: 8:35 a.m. BST, 3:35 a.m. ET, 7:35 p.m. local time

TV Info: Sky Sports 1 (UK only)

Live Stream: Sky Go app (UK only) 

 

England's Returning Stars

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 09:  Owen Farrell runs with the ball during the England training session held at the Onewa Oval on June 9, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
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Due to the Premiership final, many of England's first-choice players were unavailable for Saturday's first Test, meaning the team that ran the Kiwis so close was severely under-strength.

Now available for the second Test are Six Nations stalwarts Billy Vunipola, Tom Wood, Courtney Lawes, Dylan Hartley, Owen Farrell and Luther Burrell. 

Furthermore, first-choice scrum-half Danny Care has been passed fit for Dunedin and will start, per The Guardian:

Ben Youngs was given a chance in the first encounter after Care picked up a shoulder injury in training ahead of the series opener in Auckland. However, his Six Nations performances earlier this year have made Care the indisputable first-choice in the position for England.

His passion can certainly not be called into question either, Joe Marler tweeted the missive the Harlequins No. 9 left him ahead of the first Test:

The feeling in the England camp will surely be one of great positivity leading up to the crucial second Test. If a weakened England side could be so competitive against the best team in the world, what will a full-strength side be capable of?

However, after such an impressive opening performance, Lancaster faced one of the most difficult team decisions of his tenure in charge of England.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 09:  Stuart Lancaster, the England head coach looks on during the England training session held at the Onewa Oval on June 9, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
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The likes of Freddie Burns and James Haskell performed magnificently on Saturday, but they have been replaced by Farrell and Wood respectively, per BBC Sport.

Also, what will come of Manu Tuilagi's move out to the wing? 

Further changes to the first Test side see Billy Twelvetrees and Luther Burrell come in to the centres. Lancaster has not made as many changes as some expected, but the squad looks very strong, and it needs to be. 

While there was pride in Saturday's defeat, that will not be the case if the series is lost in Dunedin.

 

World Cup Return

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Dunedin holds good memories for the England team. They won there against Argentina, Georgia and Romania at the 2011 World Cup.

However, the majority of that tournament was an unqualified disaster for England, as player indiscipline cast a shadow over some decent performances.

Saturday in Dunedin is an opportunity to continue the planning for next year's World Cup on home soil. Where better to show the world that England are becoming a real force to be reckoned with than beating the reigning champions in their own back yard?

However, New Zealand will be stronger on Saturday. There will be fewer errors, they will be better prepared and potentially less complacent.

The last time England won against the Kiwis in New Zealand was in the lead up to the 2003 World Cup which Sir Clive Woodward's side would go on to win.

Why not get the giant-killing done a year earlier this time? England are not expected to win this series in New Zealand, but they must win one game for the tour to be branded a success. 

It needs to be this second Test. The series needs to stay alive. With a plucky performance in Auckland, it is now time for England to take the victory.