The dates for this years Autumn Internationals have been confirmed, with England already set to play the likes of Australia, Argentina and Samoa.
The RFU and the New Zealand equivalent are now in discussions about England possibly playing the All Blacks in November; a year earlier than first thought. If one thing has been missing from England triumphant efforts to get the number one spot, it is a fixture against the All Blacks.
Eddie’s men have done everything else but face the All Blacks, after England beat Scotland at the weekend to match the All Blacks all time record of 18 games unbeaten. According to The Telegraph, an RFU spokesperson said, “We are playing New Zealand in 2018. If an opportunity arose to play New Zealand before 2018 we would pursue it.” and they have done just that.
It will not come easy if England want to settle things sooner, as the New Zealand RFU have said that they will want half of the ticket profit, which could accumulate to about £3m; but this is a small price to pay for an attempt to confirm their World Rugby dominance.
Who wants to see the All Blacks make a trip to Twickenham in November?