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

England coach Eddie Jones has reportedly backed an approach to New Zealand Rugby to explore the possibility of a match between the world heavyweights on November 4, when the All Blacks are due to play the Barbarians.

In October past year the All Blacks broke the world record for the most test match wins in a row by any country. The reigning World Cup holders are now penned in to face the Barbarians on the same date as the one that would suit England, but the prospect of switching that match to one against Eddie Jones's side is now being investigated by the RFU.

The Rugby Football Union said in a statement: "We are definitely playing New Zealand in 2018".

'We've got a very important series against the British and Irish Lions and that's a primary focus for us.

England will surpass the All Blacks' world record of 18 successive Test victories if they beat Ireland this weekend but they not scheduled to play Steve Hansen's side until November 2018.

However, the RFU is understood to be interested in a fixture between this November, despite the fact the fixture schedule has already been finalised with England playing Argentina, Australia and Samoa in the Autumn Tests.

England are dominating the northern hemisphere and have equalled the All Blacks' world record of 18 consecutive tier one test wins.

NZRFU chief executive Steve Tew and Ian Ritchie, his opposite number at the RFU, have discussed a possible match in November but those talks are at an early stage and the financial aspect of the game everyone in rugby wants to see will need to be thrashed out as a matter of urgency.

Now the VR experiences won't be available to download (though they will be downloadable at some point later in 2017) so those who want to give these new experiences a try will need to do one of two things.

However the World Cup-winning coach was later forced to go on the defensive when Jones compared him to the Big Bad Wolf.

O2 head of sponsorship Gareth Griffiths said: "We believe in live, and using the latest VR technology we can showcase our live experiences to O2 customers in our stores across the country".

"I hope the experience gives rugby fans and novices alike an insight in to the way we train and the amount of hard work that is involved in being an worldwide rugby player".