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England's shopping list for victory

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Sportal.co.nz     27 Nov 2012     Getty Images

Australia have come closest with an 18-18 draw in Brisbane before both sides embarked on their European tour.

Here, PA Sport looks at five things England must do to register their first win against the All Blacks since June 2003.

1: STOP NEW ZEALAND FROM SCORING TRIES

It sounds obvious and is much easier said than done against a side playing rugby on a different level to the rest of the world. They smell blood like a shark and are ruthless at taking their chances. Australia showed in Brisbane what can be achieved if your defence stands firm. Not only is that stopping runners on the gain-line but also accurate kicking and a good chase to stop the counter-attack.

2: COMPOSURE

This is not about whether to kick for goal or the corner. This is about England making sure they do not compound one mistake with another. To do so would be to invite pressure, a situation the All Blacks relish. England will make mistakes, but their next action must be positive.

3: KEEP THE SCOREBOARD TICKING OVER

The All Blacks want to build themselves a lead and then pick off the opposition when they are chasing the game. England have to stay ahead, or in touch, heading into the final 10 minutes. To do that they must improve their ability to convert 'red zone' possession into points, through penalties or dropped goals.

4: TAKE THEIR CHANCES

England's inability to a) create try-scoring opportunities and b) to take them has been their Achilles heel since before Stuart Lancaster took charge. They failed to capitalise on any of their line breaks against South Africa and looked blunt in midfield. There is a strong argument for starting with Jonathan Joseph at outside centre to sharpen the attacking edge.

5: RAISE THE INTENSITY

England's forward pack set the platform for a victory against the Springboks by winning the scrum battle, competing ferociously at the breakdown and matching the opposition's physicality. That will have to be the starting point against New Zealand. The All Blacks can score tries from anywhere but it is always much harder to do so from the back foot.