All Blacks part of test rugby’s ‘disappearing match’

All Blacks could only applaud Owen Farrell and his English team after the 2019 Rugby World Cup seminal in Japan.

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All Blacks could only applaud Owen Farrell and his English team after the 2019 Rugby World Cup seminal in Japan.

England long for a test against the All Blacks with the biggest anomaly in rugby’s international program again revealed.

The annual “autumn series” is underway in Europe, where the All Blacks have beaten regular enemy Wales last weekend and are now looking to play against Italy, Ireland and France.

England has been avoided again. Bizarrely enough, Eddie Jones has only had two Tests against New Zealand in his six years in charge of the men in white.

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England suffered a controversial 16-15 loss to the All Blacks at Twickenham in 2018, and got their revenge at the World Cup in Japan the following year, claiming an emphatic 19-7 victory in the semi-finals.

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You have to go back to 2014 to find the last time New Zealand played England in London. The All Blacks were supposed to play there last November, but that tour was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

They are not scheduled to play at Twickenham again next year and it is a match that may not come fast enough for some up north.

“It’s high time to revive rugby’s disappearing match,” Chris Foy wrote in the newspaper Daily mail, who regrets the lack of a Test for England against the All Blacks this month and notes that Twickenham had only hosted the club twice since 2014.

In Cardiff on Saturday, a ‘test’ outside the window ended with a predictable victory in New Zealand, which highlighted the urgent need for meaningful fighting and rivalry; true tests between well-matched, highly motivated national teams that are at or close to full strength.

“This is not as regular as it should be. There is not enough danger. There are too many prior conclusions.”

Twickenham has never been an easy meeting place for New Zealand, as Damian McKenzie and the 2018 All Blacks discovered with a controversial one-point victory.

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Twickenham has never been an easy meeting place for New Zealand, as Damian McKenzie and the 2018 All Blacks discovered with a controversial one-point victory.

Foy believes the All Blacks remain the benchmark.

“While South Africa are world champions, New Zealand is again at the top of the rankings. It is a well-known status quo. They are without a doubt the best team, “he wrote in the newspaper Daily mail.

“All Blacks are not invincible, but they are unique in their ability to achieve stunning peaks of brilliance, as demonstrated in a blitz in the second half against Wales. No other side could have produced anything like it. It was a clinical masterpiece.

“So England have to play against them and find out if they can handle that challenge and possibly even trump it.

“… New Zealand will be here next autumn, which will strengthen their build – up to the World Cup, as well as England’s – while generating a box office bonanza.

“For Ian Foster, it provides the welcome scenario of taking on a team, away from home, who do not fear the All Black aura or subconsciously submit to it. England are not beaten until they start, as so many are.

“France is also bullish, and they are waiting later this month. The Kiwis need the opportunity for shocks in these parts – for that is what may come in 2023. On their current tour, they have had money struggles in America and in Cardiff; it first was undisputed and the second far too comfortable against a weakened opponent.

“Next, they will look away from Italy before facing a more significant threat to Ireland and then a grandstand finish in Paris.

“Jones will have a year to make sure his side are able to stage an ambush, just as the French certainly will be.”

New Zealand has played Wales six times since 2016 and Ireland four times. This weekend’s test in Rome will be their third against Italy in that period, while they will play against Ireland for the fifth time and France for the sixth time.

Only Scotland, with only one Test in 2018, has played New Zealand less than England among the European heavyweights.

Incredibly, England will have played Australia 11 times under Jones’ command by the end of this year, and Springboks are no strangers.

“The revenge mission against the world champions South Africa in the last match of the year is a tempting prospect with real significance, but New Zealand is No. 1. They are the goal,” wrote Foy.

“England will be impatiently awaiting their next shot.”

England have only had two Tests against the All Balcks under the guidance of their Australian coach Eddie Jones.

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England have only had two Tests against the All Balcks under the guidance of their Australian coach Eddie Jones.

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