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Lions to unlock the All Blacks: Jones

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/12/2016

England head coach Eddie Jones thinks Steve Borthwick will find the key to beating New Zealand with the British and Irish Lions.

Red Rose forwards coach Borthwick was named by Lions chief Warren Gatland as part of his team for next summer's New Zealand tour.

Jones has not been shy in saying he wants England to be ranked No.1 in the world and he believes that Borthwick will provide vital insight after working to plot the All Blacks' downfall.

"It's a great learning experience for him and he gets the opportunity of learning how to beat the Kiwis, which is important," Jones told Sky Sports HQ.

"He's a very analytical coach, a very serious coach and he knows more about line-outs than anyone else in the world.

"He gets the chance to learn about New Zealand rugby culture and the chance to play basically 10 Tests against the best players in New Zealand and by the end of it, if he hasn't beaten New Zealand he should know how to beat New Zealand."

Ireland defence specialist Andy Farrell and current Wales interim head coach Rob Howley will also join Gatland on the 10-match trip.

Reigning world champions New Zealand are at the summit of the rankings and Jones already has an idea of what England need to do to topple them.

"New Zealand are very good at the unstructured part of the game, when the game is in a disorganised state," the 56-year-old said.

"That's an area we have improved immeasurably in but to beat New Zealand we will have to be as good as them in that area."

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