All Black, England clash in 2017 gaining momentum

Beth Cruz
March 17, 2017

The two nations have not met since 2014, when England toured the Land of the Long White Cloud in a three-Test summer series along with an autumn global return Test at Twickenham, and England haven't beaten the All Blacks since their famous 38-21 home victory in December 2012.

Ireland may have brought an end to their remarkable and record-breaking 18-game winning-streak in Chicago last November, but New Zealand remain seated atop the world rankings.

The world's top two teams have been on incredible winning runs recently but are now not scheduled to play each other until 2018 at the earliest.

The current Six Nations champions, who will attempt to win the Grand Slam this weekend against Ireland, are not due to meet the All Blacks until the autumn worldwide series in 2018.

The report however said there have been fraught negotiations between England and NZ Rugby who recognising the value of the All Blacks are after a 50-50 cut of Twickenham gate receipts which would be worth around $5 million.

"We are scheduled to play New Zealand in 2018 and if an opportunity came up to play them before then we would pursue it", an RFU spokesman said.

New Zealand Rugby Union officials, meanwhile, have been insistent their Test outfit would not play England in 2017.

They have won their past five encounters against England, but have not played each other since November 2014.

November 4 falls outside of the worldwide window, so any fixture would mean a fee would have to be paid to New Zealand.

A 61-21 thumping of Scotland gave England their second successive Six Nations title and the chance to complete the first back-to-back clean sweep since 1992-93.

Jones had also previously stated his intention to rest his touring British and Irish Lions players in the November Test schedule.

VR players are challenged to track the player's movements, and those of the ball, and take part in virtual drills developed in partnership with England Rugby.

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