Henry Slade strives to build on the burgeoning England midfield partnership with Ben Te & oo against All Blacks: "It feels like we have a pretty good balance, Ben and I have different strengths that allow us to team up to play."
- Henry Slade hopes to continue his midfield partnership with Ben Te & oo
- Slade and Te & # 39; o played last weekend in the narrow victory against South Africa
- The pair will hope to return to New Zealand on Saturday
- Manu Tuilagi is fit for Eddie Jones again and makes for a tough competition
Press Association reporter
Henry Slade is keen to continue his center partnership with Ben Te & oo when England finishes its four-year wait for New Zealand.
The duo played together for the first time on Saturday in a 12-11 win over South Africa, and Te & # 39; o has appeared since May for the first time after recovering from thigh and calf injuries.
Their performances improved in unison with England's fight against the Springboks and are expected to hold their seats when Eddie Jones names his start XV for the All Blacks visit to Twickenham.
The English center Henry Slade (pictured) wants to continue his partnership with Ben Te & oo
Slade (right) and Te'o (left) played together against South Africa last weekend
"The partnership felt pretty good. It feels like we have a pretty good balance, "Slade said before the team announcement on Thursday.
"Compared to South Africa and in training, we feel we have a good balance in midfield and Ben and I have different strengths that allow us to play together.
"Ben is a seasoned man who is close by, and he knows what it takes after injury-free time to get himself right. He played pretty well.
"He's a relaxed guy from the field and a good squad, he made some great shots, and those things lift the team and inspire the boys."
England received a clean bill before the showdown on Saturday with Steve Hansen's World Champion.
Slade (c) and striker Harry Williams (r) celebrate victory over South Africa in Twickenham
The collegiate center Manu Tuilagi (pictured) is fit for England again and offers tough competition
Courtney Lawes (back), Owen Farrell (hip) and Manu Tuilagi (groin) trained on Wednesday morning with two full workouts a week.
Among the areas that are being sharpened by England is the throng that has fluctuated in quality with respect to the Springboks and needs to be improved for the All Blacks showdown.
"We started really well and then crashed," said Scrum coach Neal Hatley.
"We had a big crush in the corner of their ball, which brought us the punishment that allowed us to move forward in the last few minutes.
"But then we lost it in the last rush of the game, consistency will be important and we work hard.
"New Zealand has improved a lot in Scrum. Six of these packs work together for Canterbury and then for the All Blacks, so they have an incredible consistency of choice and experience. "