Lure of the All Blacks hits Jones

  • Lure of the All Blacks hits Jones

Lure of the All Blacks hits Jones

The All Blacks are due to play at Twickenham in November against the Barbarians - or could it be England?

Jones has overseen a spectacular revival of the national team's fortunes and his side now have all the major scalps, bar one.

The RFU has opened negotiations over a match in the autumn, which would be outside the global window.

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 Rugby Football Union will have to agree a financial settlement with the Premiership clubs before arranging a fixture with world champions New Zealand this November.

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.

However the World Cup-winning coach was later forced to go on the defensive when Jones compared him to the Big Bad Wolf.

The NZRU remain cautious about the possibility of the showdown.

"We are scheduled to play New Zealand in 2018 and if an opportunity came up to play them before then we would pursue it", an RFU spokesman confirmed on Wednesday. "We look forward to it". It's highly unlikely at this stage.

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. "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.

Opposition to the game would be swatted aside by fans desperate to see Jones' men face the double World Cup winners, but the timing of revelations of the proposal is unfortunate as a defeat by Ireland could leave England open to accusations of hubris.

Tew added: 'There's been a gap between the All Blacks playing England but for a period of time we had five Tests in three years.

Adding spice to the meeting is the first verbal exchange between the rival head coaches, which started on Sunday when Steve Hansen congratulated Jones and his players for their Six Nations success. "It will happen and hopefully it will live up to the hype when it does", though he gave no indication of an earlier than planned clash. You want excitement around the games and you can only have that if teams are performing well.

They get the chance to claim the mark for themselves when they play Ireland in the Six Nations finale in Dublin this weekend.

"Yeah it would be awesome to play them.if it could work out it would be great". That would be good, wouldn't it?'