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Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Sports | By Jaime Goodwin

England chase Twickenham showdown with All Blacks

England chase Twickenham showdown with All Blacks

The report suggested the match could be worth an extra $1.75m to New Zealand than the Barbarians fixture if Kiwi bosses hold firm on their revenue-sharing demands.

The Independent understands that talks have already taken place about an addition England fixture taken place this autumn, which would come soon after the British and Irish Lions return from New Zealand in this summer's tour.

Asked by Sportsmail about plans for the All Blacks to face England, their chief executive Steve Tew said: 'We're playing England next year.

England coach Eddie Jones has reportedly backed an approach to New Zealand Rugby to explore the possibility of a match between the world heavyweights on November 4, when the All Blacks are due to play the Barbarians. "We will need to understand the details of the proposal before responding", read a statement issued by Premiership Rugby.

NOT scheduled to clash until late 2018, the All Blacks and England could be headed for a surprise meeting in November this year.

Yet any Test, falling outside of World Rugby's global window, will require the RFU to negotiate the release of their players from the UK Aviva Premiership.

England are dominating the northern hemisphere and have equalled the All Blacks' world record of 18 consecutive tier one test wins.

"If there is an opportunity for us to play NZ before then - ie this year - then we will pursue that opportunity".

The last time the two teams met was in 2014 when the All Blacks beat England three times in New Zealand and also in London on their end of year tour.

However the World Cup-winning coach was later forced to go on the defensive when Jones compared him to the Big Bad Wolf. "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 hope the experience gives rugby fans and novices alike an insight in to the way we train and the amount of hard work that is involved in being an worldwide rugby player", added Gustard. The drills include tackling, scrummaging, and kicking, and players are scored on their performance through an interactive points-based system to see how they stack up to the players. He said: 'People are desperate for England and the All Blacks to play.

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