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Eng-NZ key Four Nations match-ups

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Sam Burgess v Jason Taumalolo

Two of the best forwards in the world who are also the key men in their respective packs. Burgess makes his first England appearance since 2013 as captain and with a point to prove to the English public following his ill-fated stint in rugby union. Taumalolo at his damaging best is a handful for any side and the Kiwis need him to stand tall in what's a crucial clash for both sides.

Josh Hodgson v Issac Luke

Luke struggled to replicate his South Sydney form with the Warriors last season but has been a consistent performer for his country over the years. Leader of the Haka and a ferocious tackler. Hodgson had a magnificent debut season in the NRL with Canberra helping the Green Machine to their best season in years and usurping James Roby as England's first-choice No.9.

Gareth Widdop v Shaun Johnson

England are still haunted by Johnson's heroics in the 2013 World Cup semi-final. The Warriors playmaker, when in-form, is capable of ripping teams apart with the ball in hand and with his kicking game. England will be hoping he has one of his off days. Widdop is coming off a poor season with St George Illawarra and, with a rookie halfback in Luke Gale alongside him, will have to stand up and perform during this tournament.

Overall record between England/GB and New Zealand

Played: 122

Eng/GB: 70

NZ: 46

Drawn: 6

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