England vs New Zealand, five things we learned: Sam Underhill will be a key

Underhill offer genuine competition at No 7

Just when it looked like Tom Curry had finally nailed down the openside position, his unfortunate ankle injury opened the door for Sam Underhill and the Bath forward seized his opportunity with aplomb.

Sporting a deep cut on his cheek as a badge of his ferocious commitment, Underhill was simply outstanding in the first half, stamping his authority on the contest like Neil Back in his pomp. His trademark chop-tackle was a key feature of the early pressure that England generated as they built a 15-0 lead.

Yet critically, Underhill also offered a carrying option and it was his drive that set up the platform for Owen Farrell to land his drop-goal in those…