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England aim for positive approach

Venue: Eden Park, Auckland Date: Saturday, 14 June Kick-off: 0835 BST Coverage: BBC Radio 5 Live, Text commentary on BBC Sport website

Mike Tindall in action in the game against Wales when he suffered serious internal injuries
Tindall has not played for England since February because of injury

Fit-again centre Mike Tindall says England will not retreat to a conservative game plan when they face New Zealand in Auckland on Saturday.

It will be the first Test match since Martin Johnson replaced Brian Ashton as boss, although Rob Andrew is the stand-in manager in New Zealand.

"We don't want to go out there and be negative," Tindall told BBC Sport.

"We're starting afresh and we've got to lay down a marker in terms of our commitment and willingness to play."

Tindall, 29, has not played for England since the first match of the Six Nations because of injury.

He was left with a hole in his liver and a punctured lung after landing on top of Wales wing Mark Jones's boot, and was in intensive care for three days.

You need to challenge the All Blacks and pressure them and if you don't do that you can expect a pretty tough day

England centre Olly Barkley
Tindall said he was never worried the injury would end his England career, but admitted he was delighted to be back with the national side.

"Injuries have been a bit of a bugger to me and I've missed a few games I'd like to have played in, but these are the big games you really want to play in - New Zealand in New Zealand," he said.

Tindall will line up in the centre alongside former Bath colleague Olly Barkley, who will join him at Gloucester next season.

"Obviously I've played with Olly a fair bit. He's been outstanding this year for Bath - he really has been one of the form guys," said Tindall.

"There's a lot of talk about 'we've only won twice here in 30 years' but we have just go to go out there and try to enjoy ourselves."

Barkley, who will handle the kicking duties, missed the Six Nations because of a court case which ended with him being acquitted and the 26-year-old admitted he was relishing the chance to restart his England career.


"The Six Nations wasn't an easy time for me, so to be back starting against the All Blacks is huge honour and one that I'm looking forward to," he told BBC Sport.

"It seems like an age ago that I last played for England so it's nice to be back.

"We know we have to take our intensity to a level we probably haven't reached in the past six to 12 months - it's a huge ask for everyone.

"I think most sides tend to let the All Blacks play. They certainly have a massive aura surrounding them. They have earned that respect but at the same time you need to make life easy for yourself by going at them.

"You need to challenge them and pressure them and if you don't do that you can expect a pretty tough day."

see also
Easter ruled out of England tour
08 Jun 08 |  English
New Zealand 21-11 Ireland
07 Jun 08 |  Rugby Union
England 17-14 Barbarians
01 Jun 08 |  English
Borthwick proud to lead England
13 May 08 |  English
Borthwick to lead England in NZ
13 May 08 |  English

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