Eng­land’s £10m All Blacks clash at Twick­en­ham

Four-year wait for Test to end next au­tumn Twick­en­ham set for record cash wind­fall

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Front Page - By Gavin Mairs

Rugby News Cor­re­spon­dent

Eng­land will play world cham­pi­ons New Zealand for the first time since 2014 next year in a match that is ex­pected to gen­er­ate a record rev­enue of more than £10mil­lion. The match will be part of a tough au­tumn sched­ule de­signed to help pre­pare Ed­die Jones’s side for the 2019 World Cup.

As the fix­ture against the All Blacks falls within the in­ter­na­tional win­dow the Rugby Foot­ball Union has not had to pay a fee to the New Zealand Rugby Union – and the gov­ern­ing body is ex­pected to pocket record re­ceipts fol­low­ing the con­fir­ma­tion yes­ter­day that it is to bring all its cor­po­rate hos­pi­tal­ity in­house af­ter the open­ing of the re­de­vel­oped East Stand next year.

Jones’s side will face the All Blacks at Twick­en­ham on Nov 10 next year as part of a four-test au- tumn cam­paign that also fea­tures games against South Africa (Nov 3), Ja­pan (Nov 17) and Aus­tralia (Nov 24). The match will end a four-year wait to face Steve Hansen’s side af­ter the fail­ure to se­cure a fix­ture against the All Blacks this au­tumn.

“The 2018 Old Mu­tual Wealth Series is in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant for Eng­land as we build to­wards the Rugby World Cup in 2019,” Jones said. “We want to win that series 4-0 and we will need to play ex­tremely well to beat four very good teams over a four-week pe­riod.

“Over the next year we need to con­tinue to de­velop a bul­let­proof side that can find ways to win in matches, and we will have to work hard and be smart in what we do to bridge the gap be­tween us and the All Blacks.

“Our am­bi­tion is to be the No 1 team in the world go­ing into the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Ja­pan.”

In 2014 Eng­land lost four times to Twick­en­ham’s £54 mil­lion East Stand ex­ten­sion (as shown in the artist’s im­pres­sion, left) will cre­ate ex­tra space of 11,600 square me­tres over six lev­els and will, cru­cially, al­low the Rugby Foot­ball Union to ac­com­mo­date all hos­pi­tal­ity within the sta­dium.

the All Blacks, in­clud­ing a three­test series in New Zealand. They last beat New Zealand in 2012, de­feat­ing the No1 side in the world 38-21 at Twick­en­ham.

The Test against Ja­pan, who Jones coached at the 2015 World Cup, will be only the sec­ond time the two sides have met.

Eng­land will also face South Africa four times next year, with the Rugby Foot­ball Union con­firm­ing a three-test tour next June.

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