Best of luck to England, says All Blacks captain Kieran Read

Best of luck to England, says All Blacks captain Kieran Read

Best of luck to England, says All Blacks captain Kieran Read

Sportsmail has learned that the RFU have given approval for the Barbarians match to take place to celebrate their 125th anniversary and agreed a fee of £500,000 for the stadium hire - with the All Blacks due to be paid in the region of £2million for participating in the showpiece.

The All Blacks will also play the British and Irish Lions in June and July, coming up against a number of Jones' English men.

In a quirk of the global 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.

Ireland may have brought an end to their remarkable and record-breaking 18-game winning-streak in Chicago last November, but New Zealand remain seated atop the world rankings.

The All Blacks have confirmed tests against France on November 11 in Paris, followed by Scotland and Wales.

"We are definitely playing New Zealand in 2018", read a statement issued by the Rugby Football Union.

The current Six Nations champions, who will attempt to win the Grand Slam this weekend against Ireland, are not due to meet the All Blacks until the autumn global series in 2018.

"We got to that stage past year where we couldn't continue so if they're able to do it then well done", Read said. "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".

"We want competition and games that people want to watch and get excited by", Hansen told the BBC's Sportsweek programme.

"We played a slightly different style of footy to what we perhaps got throughout the rest of the year back home". 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.

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.

"Yeah it would be awesome to play them.if it could work out it would be great".

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