Brodie Retallick clearly hasn't bothered to do his homework on the All Blacks' upcoming opponents

'Who?' All Black struggles to name England players ahead of first Test

Brodie Retallick should know better after being part of the side demolished 38-21 at Twickenham in December 2012

England tour of New Zealand: Billy Twelvetrees losing battle to be fit for first Test as England turn to untried Freddie Burns-Kyle Eastmond combination

With Owen Farrell, Stephen Myler and George Ford unavailable, Burns is likely to start at fly-half with Eastmond outside him at 12 despite being short on fitness

Kieran Read (R) has been ruled out of New Zealand's first Test against England while Julian Savea (L) is an injury doubt

England tour of New Zealand: Kieran Read ruled out of first Test in Eden Park as Kiwis also have injury doubt over talented wing Julian Savea

New Zealand have also seen flanker Sam Cane ruled out for the three-match series due to a knee injury as Steven Luatua and Matt Todd join squad

Alex Waller shows the scars of battle after the weekend Premiership final

England vs All Blacks Auckland test: Alex Waller heads final battle survivors to join Red Rose squad

It has come too late for this weekend’s opening Test with New Zealand, the reigning world champions, at the impregnable Auckland fortress of Eden Park, but the England tour party is at least beginning to look like a proper red-rose squad. Stuart Lancaster, the head coach, added 16 players to his elite group yesterday after receiving a full medical bulletin on those involved in the profoundly debilitating Premiership final at Twickenham, and all will be available for the second meeting with the All Blacks in Dunedin on 14 June.

Dylan Hartley embraces Alex Waller after the latter scored the match winning try in the Premiership final

England tour of New Zealand: Aviva Premiership final match-winner Alex Waller among final squad additions as prop replaces injured Mako Vunipola

Vunipola has been ruled out after dislocating his knee-cap with Waller capping a weekend that saw him score the extra-time winning try for Northampton Saints against Saracens

David Wilson insists a depleted England side can still win in their first Test against New Zealand

England tour of New Zealand: David Wilson insists depleted England believe they can win first Test against the All Blacks

Prop says tourists will be underdogs at Eden Park as they battle without their Saracens and Northampton players but insists they can cause an upset and beat the world champions

Billy Twelvetrees looks set to miss the first test at Eden Park on June 7

Billy Twelvetrees running out of time for first All-Blacks test in Auckland

Billy Twelvetrees, the key figure in England’s attacking strategy, is still struggling for fitness five days before the start of the three-Test series against the All Blacks and is now extremely doubtful to play in Auckland this  weekend, though coach  Stuart Lancaster has yet to rule him out.

Barbarians in top gear

Hosea Gear, the former New Zealand wing, scored two of the Barbarians’ five tries during a 39-29 victory over an inexperienced England team at Twickenham on Monday.

22-year-old Morgan forced his way into Gatland’s squad on the strength of a blistering performance as a half-time substitute for the Possibles

English rule costs Gavin Henson tour spot as Wales pick Matthew Morgan

Gavin Henson’s hopes of reviving his international career this summer effectively disappeared when he was denied the chance to showcase his talents in front of head coach Warren Gatland and his staff in Friday’s first senior Wales trial match for 14 years.

Chris Robshaw of England takes part in a coaching clinic with Ponsonby Junior rugby players

England tour of New Zealand: Chris Robshaw aims to rewrite history

No-one has beaten the All Blacks in Auckland for two decades and a depleted England have it all to do, writes Hugh Godwin

Jonathan Davies

Wales tour of South Africa: Jonathan Davies ready for 'fiercely contested' Probables v Possibles trial match as Wales finalise tour plans

The Wales senior trial match will be revived after a 14-year absence to help coach Warren Gatland with his selection for the summer tour against the Springboks

Danny Cipriani during England’s training session at the Lensbury Club in Teddington

Cipriani and Burns given chance to win the keys to No 10

Lancaster forced to take gamble on two stand-offs with suspect defences for first Test against the might of the All Blacks. Chris Hewett reports

Stuart Lancaster says that, barring an injury crisis, there will be no recall for flanker Steffon Armitage

Stuart Lancaster refuses to bend England rules for Steffon Armitage

The drums are beating loudly in support of Steffon Armitage, the Toulon flanker whose fine performance in last weekend’s Heineken Cup final victory over Saracens at the Millennium Stadium rekindled the argument over his absence from the England international team, but the cacophony is falling on deaf ears. Stuart Lancaster, the red-rose coach, made it abundantly clear on Monday that, short of a full-blown injury crisis in the weeks leading into next year’s World Cup, there will be no recall for the back-rower while he remains in exile.

Danny Cipriani issues instructions during the England training session this week

England squad: Danny Cipriani and Chris Pennell named in 30-man squad to face Barbarians and New Zealand

Cipriani hasn't played for England since November 2008 but has been rewarded for his good form for Sale Sharks

New Scotland head coach Vern Cotter during his spell in charge of Clermont Auvergne

Scotland squad: New head coach Vern Cotter includes six uncapped players in his first Scotland squad since taking charge

Cotter will lead Scotland on a tour of North America and the Southern Hemisphere for which he has named 43 players

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Could almost have filled this side full of English players such was the litany of PR disasters for Martin Johnson and his men. From dwarf throwing, to branded gum-shields to Manu 'Waterbaby' Tuilagi chucking himself into the Auckland water - and that's just off-the-pitch. But Tindall had to be included simply because his experience should've ensured he and his teammates never got ensnared in such extra-curricular nonsense. The newly married Royal rugby man was duly embarrassed by headlines of him cavorting with a blonde and it set the tone for England's disappointing performances that followed.
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