England want to play All Blacks in $5 million showdown


I think the thing that made it hard was perhaps we didn't play as well as we could as a team.

In a quirk of the worldwide schedule, the game's top two teams are not due to meet until late next year, but Press Association Sport understands that with the support of Jones the All Blacks have been sounded out over an additional meeting. 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.

That would not be a 50-50 split, as New Zealand have been reported as wanting, as the RFU would have to hand over considerable amounts to Premiership clubs, who would have to release their players a week earlier than is been agreed under the current deal.

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.

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.

"If there now might be an opportunity to play them this year we want to pursue it, but there are many parts to this and many considerations to be discussed".

Jones replied by expressing his wariness of Hansen's approval, noting that compliments from an All Blacks coach are akin to fairytale predator the Big Bad Wolf stalking Little Red Riding Hood. "We look forward to it".

The All Blacks have a hectic year including hosting the British and Irish Lions, but have been keen on a fourth match on their end of year tour north.

"We really enjoyed working in partnership with O2 to develop this unique virtual reality experience", England defence coach Paul Gustard said. We've already got Scotland, France and Wales on the end-of-year tour'.

"The All Blacks have got nothing to do with us". He said: 'People are desperate for England and the All Blacks to play. If we are to play them, I guess they are going to have to find a way to do that and give us half the stadium (revenue) or something.