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Kruis ruled out of England's remaining autumn Internationals

George Kruis has been ruled out of England's last two autumn matches because of a calf injury sustained against New Zealand on Saturday. Credit: PA

George Kruis has been ruled out of England's last two autumn matches because of a calf injury sustained against New Zealand on Saturday.

Kruis was replaced by Charlie Ewels in the 66th minute of the 16-15 defeat at Twickenham and will not play any part in the remaining Quilter Internationals against Japan and Australia.

It is a bitter blow to the Saracens second row who has impressed so far this autumn, not least for his expertise as line-out caller.

Maro Itoje, Ewels, Elliott Stooke and Courtney Lawes are the locks included in a 30-man squad that is to assemble at England's Surrey training base on Tuesday afternoon to begin preparations for the visit of Japan.

Full-back Mike Brown is overlooked once more and there are minor doubts over Dylan Hartley and Manu Tuilagi, who are nursing thumb and groin issues.

Eddie Jones names his team to face the side he coached at the 2015 World Cup on Thursday.

England and New Zealand to wear poppies at Twickenham

England and New Zealand will wear jerseys emblazoned with poppies. Credit: PA

England and New Zealand will wear jerseys emblazoned with poppies in commemoration of Armistice Day when they meet at Twickenham on Saturday.

This weekend marks the centenary of the end of the First World War, in which 27 England players and 13 from New Zealand lost their lives.

A minute's silence before kick-off will be observed and the Last Post will be sounded by a Rifleman from The Band and Bugles of The Rifles.

When the teams run out on to the pitch, they will cross the spot where soil from the grave of former England captain Ronnie Poulton was buried before The Army v Navy match in May.

The spot is now permanently marked and has been unveiled this week to coincide with the centenary.

The Royal British Legion has been assigned as the official matchday charity and poppies will be on sale around the ground.

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England clash bigger than Lions Tour says New Zealand's Hansen

Steve Hansen believes New Zealand's clash with England is bigger than last year's series against the British and Irish Lions. Credit: PA

Steve Hansen believes New Zealand's clash with England is bigger than last year's series against the British and Irish Lions.

Hansen's All Blacks are set to play at Twickenham for the first time since their World Cup final victory over Australia in 2015.

The sold-out Test match follows the 2017 Lions tour when New Zealand were held to a draw on home soil.

Head coach Hansen is keen to make amends for that frustration on Saturday.

"I think (the England match is) even bigger actually. I think the Lions tour has made it bigger because we weren't successful," said the 59-year-old.

"In only drawing the series, that wasn't successful to us.

"That's made this week have a sharper edge to it, which is good.

"You've got to be reasonably stupid if you can't work out this is going to be big.

"There's 80,000 people (in the stadium), it's all over the papers, everyone's talking about it, you can't get a ticket.

"You'd have to be on holiday, I reckon, if you didn't work out that this is going to be big. And we haven't got anybody on holiday this week."

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