England Rugby Union have released a revealing video showing the behind the scenes planning and moments before their 19-7 semifinal win over the All Blacks.

The YouTube series "Rising Songs" documents the squad meetings, training sessions and buildup ahead of England's biggest game of the year.

"This is when it really comes to life when you get down to the best four teams in the world," says England coach Eddie Jones during a team meeting.

The All Blacks look to send off their skipper and coach with a bronze medal win, speculation grows around who will coach the All Blacks in 2020, and the Black Caps start their summer against England.

"The whole world is going to view those games now and you get a chance to be a part of it. You get the chance to show your best.

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"The other great thing about this week, more so than any other week, is you get to play the best team in the world. You got to respect a team like that. But we'll get them boys. We'll get them this week."

Jones explains that England were been planning for the All Blacks ever since the World Cup draw was released two and a half years ago.

"As soon as we found out the draw in Kyoto two and a half years ago, we estimated we were going to be playing New Zealand in the semifinal.

"So we've been building up a tactical game and a physical game that can beat New Zealand and now on Saturday we've got the opportunity to put those two and a half years of planning into practice."

Flankers Tom Curry and Sam Underhill, who dominated the All Blacks at the breakdown to devastating effect, also featured.

In one of the final meetings with the team before leaving for the stadium, Jones is seen motivating his players and offering insight into the gameplan that worked so well against the All Blacks.

"Ready for this?" he asks his team. "I reckon I've coached maybe 150 tests. I've never seen a team more ready for it. You're ready because you've trained hard. You worked hard as a team to get together. We're tactically pretty clear but we can change our game.

"Go out from the first minute of the game. Don't hang back."

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They sure did – scoring within the first two minutes – and didn't hold back from there.


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