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Chris Ashton: Why free-rein against New Zealand is key for England’s ‘bad boy’ wing

The world champion All Blacks reckon Saturday's clash against England at Twickenham is even bigger than their tussle with the British and Irish Lions some 18 months ago, adding more spice to a long-awaited meeting.

"Chris can sniff a try from anywhere", Eddie Jones, the England head coach, commented yesterday.

"I think what differentiates him from other 10s around the world is his attacking mindset and just having, not only the skills, but more importantly the speed that he has to create these opportunities", Carter said.

"That was something that was very frustrating because we weren't fixing things on the run".

And although England's leading Lions - Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje, Ben Te'o, Elliot Daly, Jamie George - may feel they have inside oil to draw on, the All Blacks do not appear anxious.

Ashton makes his first England start for four years in place of the benched Jack Nowell on the right wing after impressing during his 15-minute spell as a substitute in the 12-11 victory over South Africa.

Ashton, 31, who came off the bench against the Springboks, has scored 19 tries in a 40-cap England career interrupted by suspensions and spending a season with French giants Toulon.

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It is true those two big suspensions stymied Jones's possible intent to select Ashton and let him add to his 19 worldwide tries, which is the record for a current England player. "He's almost there and we feel like he'll be of enormous value to us in the future", Jones said.

But former Wallaby and Japan boss Jones insisted Farrell required the kind of protection referees routinely afforded by match officials to Ireland No 10 Jonathan Sexton. He's tough so he gets up and he plays.

"Guys like that, the only thing you can do is stuff them up by coaching them".

In this October 27, 2018, photo, New Zealand All Blacks coach Steve Hansen, center, speaks to the media after their Bledisloe Cup rugby test against Australia at the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama, Japan. "Warrior" and "rooster" have been added to "spiritual leader" in outlining the playmaker's importance to England. He takes the ball to the line, he puts his body on the line, he doesn't play in a dinner suit.

Now another of English rugby union's most notorious recidivists, Chris Ashton, has re-entered the Test picture, with the same kind of air of the unexpected, with his selection to start in the big Test of the autumn against the world champions, New Zealand, at Twickenham tomorrow. I think we have got very smart players in the squad who are able to do that, target the problem and fix it on the field then and there.

Meanwhile Jack Goodhue, recovered from a bout of glandular fever, will partner Sonny Bill Williams in midfield. "Would we be so excited about playing England if we were playing twice a year, every year? - maybe not".

"But we haven't played them in four years and everyone is on the edge of their seat, can't wait, can't buy a ticket".

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