- Title: England train on soaked pitch ahead of semi-final clash against New Zealand
- Date: 25th October 2019
- Summary: YOKOHAMA, JAPAN (OCTOBER 25, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF ENGLAND RUGBY SQUAD PASSING BALL AT TRAINING (SOUNDBITE) (England) ENGLAND FLY-HALF ELLIOT DALY SAYING: "Yeah, pretty wet, not windy though, so not to bad. Probably haven't trained in that kind of rain for a while. Yeah, it's quite fun to be fair, but I think the weather is meant to be OK for tomorrow. So yeah it was tricky, but it was good." ENGLAND RUGBY SQUAD PRACTISING TACKLES TEAM JOGGING ON PITCH (SOUNDBITE) (England) ENGLAND FLY-HALF ELLIOT DALY SAYING: "Yeah, I think so, I think the way we've been building over the last couple of weeks has been, well through the whole tournament, really has been really good. I think the way we trained between test matches has been intense and good preparation for the test match at the end of the week and yeah, we're just all excited for what can come our way tomorrow." FORWARDS PRACTISING LINE OUT THROWS (SOUNDBITE) (England) ENGLAND FLY-HALF ELLIOT DALY SAYING: "I've had plenty of steal backs before. I think you've just got to anticipate everything. Otherwise, you've got some quality players who might think a little bit differently than other teams you've played against, so just anticipating on the run and making sure you're always in the game." VARIOUS OF FORWARDS THROWING LINE OUT BALLS (SOUNDBITE) (England) ENGLAND FLY-HALF ELLIOT DALY SAYING: "Yeah, I think, we talk about togetherness all the time, and I haven't felt this together as a team for any team I've played in. I think we've been together a while now and we're just having fun on and off the pitch, and hopefully that shows when we play games. But yeah, it's definitely the most together we've been." ENGLISH SQUAD DOING SHOT PASSES AT TRAINING
- Embargoed: 8th November 2019 05:56
- Keywords: rugby World Cup England New Zealand Elliot Daly Japan
- Location: YOKOHAMA, JAPAN
- City: YOKOHAMA, JAPAN
- Country: Japan
- Topics: Rugby Union,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA001B2LGFNJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Every selection, every opponent, every training camp - just about every decision Eddie Jones has made in the last two and a half years - has been geared towards 5 p.m. Yokohama time (0800 GMT) on Saturday (October 26), when England face New Zealand in the World Cup semi-finals.
But they go into Saturday's titanic clash full of confidence and truly believing they have the depth and variety to unseat the favourites and reach the final for the first time since losing to South Africa in 2007. England fly-half Elliot Daly told media at a Friday (October 25) news conference that he thinks his team his ready and full of "togetherness".
England ripped out to a 15-0 lead playing exhilarating rugby, only for the All Blacks to fight back, as they so often do, to lead 16-15.
New Zealand came into the tournament with people sensing a chink of light after blips against South Africa and Australia but that looked like wishful thinking when they overwhelmed the Springboks in their first pool game and destroyed Ireland in the quarter-finals with a superb all-round display. Both teams are packed with huge forward power, tackle with frightening intensity and have explosive and deadly backs, brilliantly adept at seizing on loose ball.
(Production: Jill Gralow, Joseph Campbell)
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