BLACK MAGIC is just a myth for Owen Farrell.
With the All Blacks in town, Saturday is the ultimate box office blockbuster of the Eddie Jones era, with last-minute tickets being flogged online for more than £2,000.
Only South Africa, who the Red Rose fought their way past 12-11 at Twickenham on Saturday, have managed to beat New Zealand this year.
That shock defeat on Kiwi soil remains their only black mark from 11 Tests so far during a near-invincible 2018.
And even though England have a patched-up team, formidable fly-half Farrell said: “Anyone can be beaten. I don’t think any team is unbeatable. And they got beat not so long ago, didn’t they?
“We know it’s going to be a big test. They’re the best team in the world, so it’s going to be a massive challenge. But everybody loves playing against the best teams.
“We have to be excited for what’s coming but at the same time make sure we’re ready for anything. The best team, the No 1 team in the world is coming.”
England defied the odds to fight to a dramatic and gutsy win against the Springboks.
But they have not played Steve Hansen’s World Cup winners in four years and since then the All Blacks have taken their game to another stratosphere.
At times the Boks’ bashing was simply the Farrell show as Mr England took on the meanest and nastiest side in the world almost on his own.
But England will not be able to lean on him to win it for them alone against New Zealand.
The 27-year-old does have a good record against the Kiwis though.
In his first crack against the All Blacks in 2012 he scored 17 points against Dan Carter and co.
He beat them a second time with the Lions in Wellington last summer too, although that was proof that these modern-day monsters cannot be brought down single-handedly.
And boss Jones is more than aware of that having faced them both as a player, in the 1980s, and as a coach.
The Australian said: “I didn’t need this to make me believe we can beat the All Blacks — I thought we could beat them back in 2016. Nothing has changed.
“They are the benchmark for world rugby. You only know where you are in the world when you play against the All Blacks.
“Any team that wins 91 per cent of their games is a great team. What other teams in world sport do that? I remember facing the All Blacks twice as a player. Once was for my club, Randwick, and we believed we could beat them.
“I think we got beaten 21-12 — I think it’s on YouTube. We had the smallest losing margin of any team on tour, including Australia, because we believed we could beat them.
“I played against them the next week, for New South Wales, and we got beaten 50-0. No one in that side believed they could beat them. You’ve got to believe you can beat them.
“You’ve got to understand where they’re weak, understand where they’re strong and be disciplined in your gameplan. New Zealand are going to be different. They’re going to
“South Africa were happy to play quite direct. They went down the tight channels but New Zealand are going to play much looser, much freer. We’re going to have to be a different team.”
Test match animal Ben Te’o is ready to rip in too — and like Farrell, the England centre has experience of facing New Zealand with the Lions.
The Worcester Warriors star said: “If you’re going to say ‘Am I daunted by them?’ then no, I’m not. We have to get out there and play with passion, be physical and have a real crack.
“Hopefully it’s a tough arm- wrestle of a match that tests our will and we see what we’re about. They’ve won successive World Cups. It’s awesome. They’re an all-round team.
“They have skill, size and power and they always turn up and play with passion. We expect nothing different. Playing them with the Lions was a great experience but this is a new game now.”