The All Blacks are part of the “disappearance match” of the rugby test
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The All Blacks could only applaud Owen Farrell and his England team after the 2019 Rugby World Cup seminal in Japan.
England are longing for a test against the All Blacks with the biggest anomaly on the international rugby calendar revealed again.
The annual ‘fall run’ is underway in Europe, with the All Blacks defeating their regular nemesis in Wales last weekend and now looking to face Italy, Ireland and France.
England was again avoided. Oddly, Eddie Jones has only had two tests against New Zealand in six years leading the Men in White.
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England suffered a controversial 16-15 loss to the All Blacks at Twickenham in 2018, and took revenge at the World Cup in Japan the following year, securing an outright 19-7 victory in the semifinals.
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You have to go back to 2014 to find the time New Zealand played England in London. The All Blacks were scheduled to play there last November, but that tour was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
They are only due to play again at Twickenham next year, and it’s a game that can’t come soon enough for some from the north.
“It is high time to revive the endangered rugby match,” Chris Foy wrote in the Daily mail, lamenting the lack of a test for England against the All Blacks this month and noting that Twickenham had only hosted him twice since 2014.
“In Cardiff on Saturday an out-of-window ‘test’ ended with a predictable victory in New Zealand which highlighted the urgent need for meaningful matches and rivalries; real tests between well-matched and highly motivated national teams who are at or near capacity.
“It’s not as regular an event as it should be. There are not enough risks. There are too many prejudices. “
Foy thinks the All Blacks remain the benchmark.
“While South Africa is the world champion, New Zealand is once again at the top of the table. It’s a familiar status quo. They are without a doubt the best team, ”he wrote in the Daily mail.
“The All Blacks are not invincible, but they are unique in their ability to reach breathtaking heights of brilliance, as a second half blitz against Wales demonstrated. No other party could have produced something like this. It was a clinical masterpiece.
“So England have to play them and find out if they can face this challenge and maybe even win.
“… New Zealand will be here next fall, which will improve their preparation for the World Cup, as well as that of England – while also generating a box office windfall.”
“For Ian Foster, this offers the welcome scenario to face a team, far from home, which does not fear the aura of the All Blacks or does not submit to it unconsciously. England are not beaten before they start, as many are.
“France is bullish as well, and they wait until later this month. The Kiwis need the possibility of shocks in those areas – because that’s what could happen in 2023. On their current tour, they’ve had silver matches in America and Cardiff; the former was undisputed and the latter too comfortable against a weakened opponent.
“Then they will face Italy before facing a bigger threat against Ireland, then a grandstand finish in Paris.
“Jones will have a year to make sure his team are capable of ambushing, just as the French surely will be.”
New Zealand have faced Wales six times since 2016 and Ireland four times. This weekend’s test in Rome will be their third against Italy in this span as they face Ireland for the fifth time and France for the sixth.
Only Scotland, with just one test in 2018, faced New Zealand less than England among the European heavyweights.
Incredibly, England will have played Australia 11 times under Jones by the end of this year and the Springboks are no strangers.
“The rematch mission against world champions South Africa in their last game of the year is a tantalizing prospect with real meaning, but New Zealand are No.1. They are the target,” said writes Foy.
“England will look forward to their next move.”