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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.

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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Curry ruled out of England's autumn series by ankle injury

Tom Curry has been ruled out of the remainder of England's autumn series by the ankle injury sustained against South Africa. Credit: PA

Tom Curry has been ruled out of the remainder of England's autumn series by the ankle injury sustained against South Africa.

The Sale flanker limped off in the second half of Saturday's 12-11 victory at Twickenham and after having the joint scanned, it was confirmed he is facing an extended spell on the sidelines.

"Tom is not available against New Zealand and has been ruled out of the rest of the series as well," said forwards coach Steve Borthwick.

England 'cautiously optimistic' over Tuilagi fitness ahead of New Zealand clash

England are "cautiously optimistic" that Manu Tuilagi will recover from his groin strain in time to face New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday. Credit: PA

England are "cautiously optimistic" that Manu Tuilagi will recover from his groin strain in time to face New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday.

Tuilagi was withdrawn from the bench on the eve of the stirring 12-11 victory over South Africa after sustaining the injury during training at the squad's Portugal camp.

It is hoped the Leicester centre will take part in Monday evening's walk through and then resume full training on Tuesday.

Tuilagi was set to make his first international appearance since 2016 against the Springboks having recovered from serious groin, knee and hamstring injuries, only for his groin to tighten up.

"Manu is back and progressing well - we're cautiously optimistic he'll be available this week," England coach Eddie Jones said.

The outlook on Courtney Lawes' back injury is similar to Tuilagi with Jones hopeful he will be available for Saturday after being ruled out against South Africa.

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