Rugby - McCaw wants to see improvements against England

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw is looking for his side to improve against England on Saturday as they continue their quest to be the first team in the professional era to win all their test matches in a calendar year.

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The All Blacks, who are two matches away from completing a clean-sweep of victories, battled to a 26-19 victory over France in Paris last weekend.

"We felt last week we played well in places but we didn't put a performance together for 80 minutes," McCaw told reporters on Friday ahead of the Twickenham clash.

"We had a pretty honest debrief for that game and we want to improve."

England claimed a surprise 38-21 victory over the All Blacks last December and McCaw says the defeat is an added incentive for the team to perform well.

"A few of us have got memories from last year so that adds a bit of edge," said the openside flanker.

"You can use history as a bit of extra motivation but at the end of the day once you get into the game it is not going to be the thing that ensures you get the performance and gets you over the line."

Saturday's match will also see New Zealand flyhalf Dan Carter win his 100th cap. The All Blacks then round off the year away to Ireland on Nov. 25.

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