IF recent form over the last two seasons is any indication to the outcome of tomorrow’s match, England have no chance against New Zealand. In simple rugby terms an experienced, powerful and talented All Black team will have the beating of a fledging England side.
However, do not underestimate home advantage. England must be high tempo, with an edge. With a ferocious start and 80,000 fans behind the team, there is always a chance. Allow the All Blacks to settle at your peril. England will be hurting after successive weekends of blown opportunities. Channel that anger into every black shirt with guidance from Ben Youngs and Owen Farrell, and we can all dream.
Maximising home advantage is also a major reason why Saracens shareholders are prepared to invest £25m into a state of the art stadium at Allianz Park. The best teams play in front of the best supporters.
Sport is big business and rugby is no exception. Allianz Park aims to raise the bar with regard to match day experience for the public. This can only be good for rugby and sport.
Hugh Vyvyan is an ex-England and Saracens player currently developing the Saracens Tulip Club offering in the City.