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Best of luck to England, says All Blacks captain Kieran Read

Best of luck to England, says All Blacks captain Kieran Read

England and New Zealand played six Tests against each other between the 2011 and 2015 World Cups, whereas they are only scheduled to meet once in the current four-year cycle.

In October previous year the All Blacks broke the world record for the most test match wins in a row by any country.

Ireland played a high tempo, physical game to disrupt New Zealand and run out 40-29 winners at Soldier Field in Chicago last November in a victory that sent shock waves around the rugby world.

New Zealand want a slice of that action and while it is understood they normally receive £1.5m for playing at Twickenham, they want a bigger share if this game is to go ahead.

It is understood that the proposal for a match against New Zealand was made with Jones' approval, but the Australian refused to discuss the prospect of an early clash with the triple world champions. The reigning World Cup holders are now penned in to face the Barbarians on the same date as the one that would suit England, but the prospect of switching that match to one against Eddie Jones's side is now being investigated by the RFU.

New Zealand rugby needs to find new financial streams to help keep their top players competing at home and receiving multi-million pound payments for taking the All Blacks to Europe has always been seen as their main cash cow.


"We got to that stage previous year where we couldn't continue so if they're able to do it then well done", Read said.

Tew had told the Daily Mail: "We're playing England next year". We look forward to it.' When pressed on whether the next encounter could happen this year, he added: 'Not as our season is now programmed, no.

However, asked if an earlier match could be accommodated, he added: "Not as our season is now programmed, no". It's highly unlikely at this stage.

The All Blacks will also play the British and Irish Lions in June and July, coming up against a number of Jones' English men.

"We really enjoyed working in partnership with O2 to develop this unique virtual reality experience", England defence coach Paul Gustard said.

While Read's side accounted for Italy 68-10 in Rome, they had to dig deep at the end of the tour to beat Ireland 21-9 in Dublin before scrambling to a 24-19 victory over a resurgent France in Paris.


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