Boks to Face England Four Times in 2018

Ruben Hill
September 13, 2017

A strong English contingent featured as the British and Irish Lions earned a 1-1 series draw against the All Blacks earlier this year, and Jones will have the chance to pit his wits against coaching counterpart Steve Hansen when the sides meet at Twickenham on November 10, 2018.

England have not played New Zealand since a defeat in November 2014 capped a run of five losses to the All Blacks within 12 months.

England will face world champions New Zealand in November 2018 for the first time in four years, the Rugby Football Union said yesterday while announcing the fixtures for next year's four-match autumn series.

Due to a quirk of the global fixture list, the rivals met five times in one year but have not clashed since 2014 - a frustrating hiatus that led to aborted attempts to arrange a match this autumn.

At the two sides last meeting in 2014, the All Blacks won 24-21 against England at Twickenham.

England, second in the worldwide rankings behind the All Blacks, have won 19 of their 20 Tests under head coach Eddie Jones, facing all major nations except Steve Hansen's All Blacks during that run.

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That tour is set to see the All Blacks also take on the Barbarians, France, Scotland and Wales.

England will finish their 2018 home Tests against Australia, with the two nations having played at least once every year since 1997.

England last played the 2019 Rugby World Cup hosts 30 years ago at the inaugural 1987 tournament.

"Over the next year, we need to continue to develop a bullet-proof side that can find ways to win in matches", Jones said.

"Our ambition is to be the No1 team in the world going into the 2019 World Cup in Japan", added Jones.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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