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Coles restricts his focus to the job at hand

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Lynn McConnell     05 Jun 2014     Getty Images

Coles, who has been named ahead of Test match centurion Keven Mealamu, said he never looked too far forward.

"I've been given a chance to start on Saturday and if I nail that off and keep doing that then things will take care of themselves and I'm not looking ahead to the 2015 World Cup," he said.

Coles said his goal was to keep improving, something that was crucial at the Hurricanes where he was under pressure from two support hookers in the franchise, and to nail his core goals. It was something he shared with the All Blacks team.

"The thing with this team is they always want to get better. We've got good lineout leaders so we always want to keep involved with the game and making sure we can get better in the lineouts.

"It's a new year, it's a new team and we've got new goals and we just want to keep moving forward," he said.

England were a team who had a belief in themselves and that made them a tough opponent.

"It's going to be an awesome challenge and we're really looking forward to it," he said.

Lock Sam Whitelock was expecting some new approaches from England to complement their set-piece play at scrum, lineout and re-starts.

"As a tight forward the set-piece is critical for myself in making sure we put some pressure on them and also try and make sure they don't put any pressure on us.

"Up front we've got to make sure we've got some plans in place and that in the heat of battle we stick to that," he said.

Whitelock was confident that the experience in the side would ensure the sometimes slow starts to a new season would not be a factor for the All Blacks this time around.

Fullback Israel Dagg said it was vital the side got its preparation right in the lead-up to the game.

The change with Cory Jane on the wing would not change the dynamic of the back trio too much with Jane bringing his own skills to the role.

With England expected to mount midfield thrust through the centres, Dagg said he was confident in second five-eighths Ma'a Nonu's ability to cope with English hard man Manu Tuilagi.

But it wasn't only Tuilagi who was dangerous, all the outside backs were capable and the All Blacks would have to be on their toes, he said.

The research had been done on the English and Dagg said the New Zealanders were wary of the threat they represented.

Halfback Aaron Smith has full confidence in his Manawatu team-mate Aaron Cruden's ability to control play at first five-eighths in the match.

He felt the injury enforced break Cruden had will have refreshed him and he was looking forward to what he could do in the game.

"England are a dangerous animal, they still have that brute size that England always does and then they are obviously playing with a lot of width now and are playing footie really and it is refreshing to see and they are playing a really exciting brand of rugby.

"We're not playing them on their home ground for once which is good. I've played them twice and it is not too much fun at Twickenham. It is their place and where they like to play so it is going to be nice to play them at a place where I like to play.

"There should be some fireworks and hopefully we are making the bigger bangs," he said.

Smith said he learned plenty from his first game against England, the 2012 loss. They weren't games you won early in the piece where you tried to win as many moments as you could to come out on top.

"We always back ourselves later on in the games when our bench comes on and we are able to hold consistently for our level of 80 minutes so it was a lot better in the second game [last year] and we showed them a lot more respect and played for 80 minutes backing ourselves and trusted our plan and we got the win.

"But that first Test, I've still got very clear memories of that. It is quite painful and it is still fuel to me and I want to keep improving against England as well because they are a quality side and you always want to play good in the big Test matches," he said.