England could entertain world champions New Zealand at Twickenham on November 4th, if the RFU can come to terms with the NZRU.
The south west London stadium looked likely to be the venue for a match between the All Blacks and the Barbarians on that date – a contest that had been provisionally agreed to – but according to a report published to The Daily Mail website on Tuesday, RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie is hoping to push the ‘Baa-Baas’ out of the picture and put together a much more significant showdown between the world’s two highest ranking international sides.
However, per the report, the NZRU’s demands for an even split of the revenue generated at the gate is proving to be the major stumbling block in negotiations.
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. However, Eddie Jones’ England side are tucked in right beneath them, and deservedly so.
At Twickenham over the weekend, England dealt Scotland an unmerciful trouncing to equal New Zealand’s aforementioned record. They will have the chance to break it and win the grandslam this Saturday, when they face the same side that snapped the All Blacks’ streak – Ireland, at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
England and New Zealand haven’t played each other since November of 2014, when the All Blacks ran out narrow winners by a score of 21-24 at Twickenham. The Kiwi’s also topped England on three other occasions that year.
Given the current status of both sides in world rugby and how long it’s been since they last met, the anticipation for this one would be off the charts.