Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

England chase Twickenham showdown with All Blacks

England chase Twickenham showdown with All Blacks

The south west London stadium looked likely to be the venue for a match between the All Blacks and the Barbarians on that date - a contest that had been provisionally agreed to - but according to a report published to The Daily Mail website on Tuesday, RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie is hoping to push the "Baa-Baas" out of the picture and put together a much more significant showdown between the world's two highest ranking worldwide sides. 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. However, the Rugby Football Union [RFU] have opened the door to a possible encounter on 4 November 2017, a date that would fall out of the current Test window.

So, it may still depend on whether the world's richest rugby nation are willing to pay that sort of sum to deliver the Test the English public crave, in addition to games against Australia, Argentina and Samoa, which have already been announced.

The NZRU remain cautious about the possibility of the showdown.

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. It's highly unlikely at this stage. "Through a combination of world first CGI characters and unique interactive gameplay, each experience has been created to give the user unprecedented access to O2 Academy venues, The O2 and our relationship with the England Rugby team".

"I think it's going to be a valuable lesson for us as a team moving forward where we have some pretty big games coming up with the Lions; a team who will play very similar to what the Irish did".

"We played a slightly different style of footy to what we perhaps got throughout the rest of the year back home". It's part of the cycle we agreed to way back in 2011'.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen admitted earlier in the week that "people are desperate for England and the All Blacks to play". It will happen and hopefully it will live up to the hype when it does. "When we get the opportunity to play them, we'll play them". That would be good, wouldn't it?'

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