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England vs New Zealand: Plans for All Blacks are ‘nailed on’, says Ollie Lawrence

Ollie Lawrence says England have “nailed on” their tactics as they prepare to tackle New Zealand in Saturday’s opening Test in Dunedin.

England were criticised for a kick-heavy approach at times during last year’s World Cup but showed signs of a more positive intent during their Six Nations win over Ireland.

Their greater attacking endeavour continued in the narrow defeat by France and the recent win over Japan to begin their summer tour.

Lawrence will start at inside centre in the first match of their two-Test series with the All Blacks, and the 24-year-old says the visitors will have to front up physically.

“We have got it nailed on within our group how we feel we want to attack this game,” Lawrence told BBC Sport.

“We know there are going to be times when we have to play in the right areas of the field and control the game, and times when we can really go at this team.

“We have to focus on the next job mentality and bring the physicality to the game in all aspects.”

England’s attack is set to be led by Marcus Smith after he inspired Steve Borthwick’s side to a thumping win over Japan last month.

The Harlequins fly-half showed his range of passing, running and kicking skills in his 13-point haul in Tokyo, which included a slick try from a well-executed set-play move.

Lawrence says Smith, 25, has been influential in leading England’s attacking blueprint in the build-up to facing the All Blacks in an away series for the first time in a decade.

Smith’s performance against Japan means he retains the 10 jersey despite competition from namesake Fin Smith, with Racing 92’s Owen Farrell out of the picture and George Ford unavailable with an Achilles injury.

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