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England line up All Blacks clash in 2017

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/03/2017

The All Blacks could be set to take on an in-form England outfit in a Twickenham rugby blockbuster in November.

The world champions have reportedly come in for a mega-offer from England's Rugby Football Union of up to $10 million to agree to the November 4 showdown.

England have been in scintillating form since their premature 2015 World Cup exit, winning a record-equalling 18 Tests on the trot under Australian boss Eddie Jones.

A victory against Ireland in their Six Nations tussle on Sunday morning (NZDT) will give England their record 19th consecutive win.

Yet in a frustrating quirk of the international schedule, the game's two in-form teams are not currently scheduled to meet until late 2018, with the All Blacks in negotiations to secure a match against the Barbarians in November.

New Zealand Rugby Union officials, meanwhile, have been insistent that their Test outfit would not play England in 2017.

Yet the cash-rich RFU's offer may gazump those plans and set the two sides on a collision course later this year.

"We are definitely playing New Zealand in 2018," read an RFU statement.

"If there now might be an opportunity to play them this year we want to pursue it, but there are many parts to this and many considerations to be discussed."

The All Blacks are already scheduled to play France, Wales and Scotland in the November window, while England will take on Australia, Argentina and Samoa.

They have won their past five encounters against England, but have not played each other since November 2014.

Earlier in the week, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen praised Jones' side for their record-equalling 18th straight win, saying it was good for international rugby.

A 61-21 thumping of Scotland gave England their second successive Six Nations title and the chance to complete the first back-to-back clean sweep since 1992-93.

Hansen said a Test between the two sides would be colossal.

"We want competition and games that people want to watch and get excited by," Hansen told the BBC.

"When the time comes, it's going to be a cracker."

The All Blacks will also play the British and Irish Lions in June and July.

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