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Warburton: England up with All Blacks

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/02/2017 Andrew Baldock
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Wales star Sam Warburton believes it is "a fair judgement" to compare England with world champions New Zealand at the moment.

The 6 Nations title holders will arrive in Cardiff on Saturday chasing a 16th successive win against all opponents.

Victory would also edge them closer to Six Nations silverware and a possible Grand Slam for the second season in a row under head coach Eddie Jones.

Wales, though, are undoubted ambush material, as spectacularly illustrated four years ago when Warburton and company not only wrecked England's Grand Slam dream in the 2013 tournament's final game, they claimed a record win in the fixture and won the title themselves.

Former Wales captain Warburton is set to line up against England for the 10th time in his career this weekend.

"It is always a massive Test.

"England are deservedly tagged as the best team in the northern hemisphere. It's a fair judgement to compare them to the All Blacks right now - that's how good they are."

With both countries having won their opening Six Nations games last weekend, it served to only increase a sense of anticipation and expectation for the 130th meeting between traditionally fierce rivals.

"You can sense it, and we know as players during the build-up to Wales-England games that it is one the fans look forward to the most," flanker Warburton added.

"If you are Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France or Italy in the Six Nations, the biggest game is (against) England.

"When you chat to players from those countries, that is how they feel. They really prioritise that match because everyone just wants to beat England.

"I guess that is just due to the success they have had in the past, and what they are going through now. It is always a big scalp if you can beat England, because they are a great team."

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