England battle the mighty All Blacks in the latest Autumn International Test at Twickenham
The All Blacks return to the scene of their 2015 World Cup triumph as England take on the best rugby union team on the planet.
This is by far the toughest Test that awaits Eddie Jones’ team, who were victorious against South Africa a week ago.
New Zealand last played England four years ago in what ended as a thrilling 24-21 Autumn International win.
And it has been six long years since an England team last managed to beat the mighty All Blacks when Chris Ashton and Owen Farrell – who both start this afternoon – inspired a 38-21 rout.
Can England stop the world No.1 team today? Follow all the latest updates from Twickeham – with in-game insight and analysis from our Rugby correspondent Alex Spink – right here.
Tries: Ashton, Hartley
Penalties/drop goals: Farrell
New Zealand 16
Penalties/drop goals: Barrett x3
Great play fro Henry Slade to send the ball back into the All Blacks half under pressure
After such a promising start from MAro Itoje he has been beaten to 3 lineouts in quick succession from Brodie Retallick. Top work from the All Blacks lock.
Brodie Retallick wins another lineout for New Zealand. He is everywhere at the moment. All Blacks back on the attack.
Jonny May surges forward again. England doing their best to break the All Blacks down. Great kick from Farrell and England have a lineout in a good area.
Jack Nowell is on in place of Chris Ashton for the home side
Charlie Ewels wins the lineout this time for England as they try and break through the New Zealand defence. Another kick into touch from Farrell and it’s another lineout.
Barrett clears the All Blacks lines but Ashton sends it straight back. Jonny May now has the ball as he jinks forward. Care finds Slade and eventually it goes for an England lineout. Itoje has lost the last couple though so let’s see how he fares this time.
Farrell kicks long and into touch. Couldn’t quite find Ashton but they’re in opposition territory.
Courtney Lawes is back on in place of Brad Shields. Just over 15 minutes left to play. Can England get their noses back in front?
An hour gone and England’s early 15-0 lead has been wiped out. For the first time New Zealand are ahead, Beauden Barrett kicking his second goal of the half. Eddie Jones has said all week that the All Blacks come alive in the last quarter. Well here we go. England need to reset and reclaim the initiative. Danny Care coming off the bench is a starting point.
Change for England
Youngs heads off and is replaced by Danny Care
McKenzie looked to have been away there but he couldn’t keep hold of it. Owen Farrell got back to make a crucial intervention to nullify the danger.
PENALTY! Barrett converts for the All Blacks
Barrett gives New Zealand the lead for the first time in the match as he kicks between the posts to put them a point in front.
Knock on by the All Blacks but they’ve been awarded the penalty for an earlier foul. Barrett will kick for the posts to try and give his side the lead.
That attack came after Itoje was beaten to a lineout for the first time this afternoon. Perhaps we jinxed him after the previous one.
England turnover though and Youngs kicks to touch to alleviate the pressure somewhat
New Zealand on the attack just yards from England’s try line.
This is beginning to get a tad worrying. Dylan Hartley has not returned from the half-time break and nor has a lot of the devil and cunning that marked England out as potential world champion-beaters in the opening period. Beauden Barrett’s boot has pegged the deficit back to two points and New Zealand are settling into their rhythm. England still have territory but they can’t get the tempo up. The one time they made something happen Kyle Sinckler knocked on.
Itoje collects from the lineout once again – how many times will he do that this afternoon? A foul called by the referee though against England, New Zealand now back in possession
Scrum for New Zealand again here after a few handbags on the first coming together. They release the ball and kick for touch. Poor kick from McKenzie and it will go all the way back now and in England’s hands.
82,149 are in attendance at Twickenham this afternoon. A full house, and what a contest they are being treated to.
Barrett kicks to touch after a thumping tackle from Farrell floors Keiran Read. Top challenge from the England co-skipper on his opposite captain.
Youngs goes close. England in touching distance, but Sinckler drops the ball and the chance is gone for now
George throws in again, Itoje collects AGAIN.
Lineout for England. Jamie George to feed it in. Itoje collects once again as England drive towards the line. It’s a mass of bodies down there just yards from the try line. And the referee eventually awards England a penalty for a foul. Farrell kicks to touch as England look to go for the try.
DROP GOAL! Barrett for New Zealand
Beauden Barrett has further reduces the scoreline with just two points separating the sides now. New Zealand were fairly close to the line but chose to take something out of their early dominance.