England will face off the reigning World Champions New Zealand All Blacks Rugby in the Autumn Internationals ahead of next year’s Rugby WC. The two teams will meet for the first time since 2014 and both sides will consider this game a very good test in the run-up to next year’s tournament. It’s not a better time for England to face the All Blacks as they prepare for the Rugby WC. Even though they will face the equally strong Springboks, all eyes will be on this high profile encounter in this November 2018. And prior to the clash, we here provide England vs New Zealand Rugby 2018 Autumn Internationals Prediction, Preview.

England vs New Zealand Rugby Autumn Internationals Fixtures, Kickoff Time, How to Watch Stream Online

As they come into the Autumn tests, the Kiwis have one thing in mind, “Prepare for a Title Defense!” For that reason, they have named a strong squad for the tests in addition to an extra 19 man training contingent as they aim to get ready for the Rugby World Cup next year in Japan. England Rugby team, on the other hand, will want to make a historic win by defeating the world champions NZ Rugby with taking the home advantage. Let’s have a look at the pros and cons of the schedule.

  • What: England vs New Zealand Rugby 2018 Autumn Internationals
  • When: Saturday, November 10th, 2018
  • Where: Twickenham Stadium, London, England
  • Kickoff: 15:00 GMT
  • What TV Channel: Sky Sports
  • Referee: Jerome Garces (France)
  • Assistant Referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa) and Marius Mitrea (Italy)
  • Television Match Official (TMO): Marius Jonker (South Africa)

Eddie Jones Side’s Last Matchup

In their last match, England was too strong for the Springboks in a game that saw both teams only score one try a piece. Kriel scored the only try for the Boks while May offered a response in the send-half. Jantjies converted for the Boks while Farrell made no mistake with his kick. However, while the Boks scored only one penalty via Jantjies, Farrell put six penalties over to ensure that England won by a 15 points margin.

Key Rookies of England Rugby vs All Blacks

Johny May will lead the three lions with his pace while the enterprising Jack Nowell will offer sufficient work-rate. Additionally, Elliot Daly’s boots will need to be sharp as he will be key in the autumn tests, having in mind that a single conversion can win a game against the Star-Studded Kiwis.

What happened in the Previous Encounter of NZ Rugby?

In their previous match, the Steve Hansen‘s side dug deep for their 32-30 win over archrivals, South Africa Springboks. The Boks had been the first to get on the scoreboard but a late charge saw the All Blacks win the grueling encounter. Smith, Loane, Barrett, and Savea scored second-half tries while Mo’unga converted three times. Additionally, Barrett scored two penalties to ensure that the Kiwis didn’t lose twice in a row to the Boks.

Focusing Veterans of New Zealand Rugby

After a successful Rugby Championship defense, the Kiwis have shown great squad depth and they, therefore, don’t rely heavily on a few players. However, Beauden Barrett was terrific and is in scintillating form coming into this autumn tests. He definitely will be at his brilliant best with one eye set on the WC later next year.

England vs New Zealand Rugby 2018 Autumn Internationals Prediction

The two teams have clashed in 40 test match occasions with the Kiwis being the dominant ones with 32 wins. They have drawn once and the Britons won seven of those matchups. Their last match was played at the same venue in 2014 and the Kiwis were 24-21 winners. England has only won once in their last six outings. On the contrary, All Blacks have only lost once in the last six outings. New Zealand is match fit as compared to England and in addition to their superior face to face records, the Kiwis will be comfortable winners.

Pic: England 22-34 New Zealand.

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