Kieran Read says he doesn't 'care about Eddie Jones' mind games'

Sam Cane has been moved to the bench for the semifinal against England

Sam Cane has been moved to the bench for the semifinal against England

Meanwhile, Jones has joked his wife may be supporting New Zealand this weekend. He has promoted the All Blacks as the best team in the history of sport, but then suggested they could be mentally fragile under the burden of knockout pressure.

New Zealand skipper Kieran Read will earn his 126th worldwide cap after overcoming a calf injury, while he will also equal former hooker Sean Fitzpatrick by captaining the All Blacks for the 51st time.

"They will have memories of the tournament from four years ago, where it didn't go that good", Hansen said of England's failure to go beyond the pool phase of the tournament they hosted four years ago.

Hansen's response has been subtle. It's all about this game and the moments it will bring.

Hansen added: "Both teams have a common goal, which is to make the Final".

He pointed to how close England got to winning their most recent meeting - before slumping to a sixth consecutive loss. Six of England's last seven defeats to the world champions have been by no more than ten points and New Zealand are backed to edge a pulsating encounter to reach the final.

New Zealand are worthy favourites but England have the ability to push them all the way in this semi-final.

"The squad has approached the game well with real maturity".

Eddie Jones has likened England's World Cup semi-final against New Zealand in Yokohama on Saturday to a heavyweight boxing fight, declaring "we're ready to go".

England has always been strong at the set-piece, particularly the scrum.

"There's no doubt that this is a huge game and there's a lot of excitement around it", Hansen said. It's great to room with him, he's clearly got his rugby head on because the other night he was sleep-talking and was calling out lineout moves.' - All Blacks playmaker Beauden Barrett on sharing a room with little brother Scott for the first time in 17 years.

Before his team faced Ireland, Hansen repeatedly used the "P" word, while he neatly side-stepped Eddie Jones' attempt to steer the narrative to spying and his assertion that the All Blacks' quest for a three-peat means all of the pressure is on their shoulders, instead he cut through the Australian's bluster with his comments at his team announcement this afternoon in Tokyo.

And Jones wants his side to replicate that display in Japan.

"We don't have any pressure, mate". No one thinks we can win. "There are 120 million Japanese people out there whose second team are the All Blacks".

'Pretty exciting stuff boys got the job done in the weekend just sitting on the bench just felt like I was out there playing its awesome feeling being in this environment and know that you're representing your country now its semifinal week so it's got it's all sorts of pressure stuff like that'.

All Blacks boss Steve Hansen hit back by stating "they have got a whole four years' work resulting on one outcome", but Jones refused to engage in the mind games any further.

"To beat England they will have to play very well but I'm very comfortable". "They'll be under vast pressure themselves".

"So, to say they've got nothing to lose; Eddie doesn't believe that either. Eddie doesn't believe that either".

England name their team later on Thursday.

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