England tour of New Zealand: All Blacks coach wary of tourist's 'dangerous' unknowns

The best coaches are hard men to please, so when Steve Hansen played down the achievement of his New Zealand side in piecing together a perfect year of rugby in 2013 – "The reality is that we could have been beaten two or three times during that run," he said – he did precisely what would have been expected of him by Graham Henry, his World Cup- winning predecessor. Even so, the judgement sounded just a little harsh.

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New Zealand v England: Jerome Kaino handed recall for All Blacks with Kieran Read and Julian Savea ruled out of first Test against depleted England

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Danny Care alongside Ben Youngs during England training in New Zealand

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England tour of New Zealand: Danny Care faces fitness race after injuring his shoulder

Danny Care, the Harlequins scrum-half who delivered some of the best performances of his career during the Six Nations and is now England's undisputed number one No 9, has until Friday's final training session to prove his fitness ahead of the meeting with New Zealand. The Yorkshireman fell awkwardly on his shoulder during a team run at the start of the week and is at some risk of missing the contest.

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England tour of New Zealand: Chances for Geoff Parling and James Haskell as first choices wait in wings

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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

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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.

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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.

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