Eddie Jones’ side face a huge challenge against the fearsome All Blacks after recovering from their defeat to Argentina with a seven-try thrashing against Japan last weekend.
While England were still far from perfect against the Brave Blossoms, they were much more clinical in attack and will have to take another step if they are to face New Zealand, with another tough test against the world champion Springboks also looming.
It was a turbulent and inconsistent year for the All Blacks, one of the most iconic teams in the world of sport, with a summer series loss to Ireland followed by their first home loss to Argentina, while they had also been beaten by France and the Irish last autumn to spark widespread speculation over the future of head coach Ian Foster.
However, they rallied to seal their last rugby league title over the summer and are now looking to complete a clean sweep of the Northern Hemisphere, having already held off Japan and Scotland on this tour either side of a 55-23 bullying of Wales in Cardiff. .
New Zealand will be set for another convincing victory here as they seek to establish a marker ahead of their challenge for a fourth world title in France next year, following in the footsteps of the women’s side that survived the England in an epic World Cup final. at Eden Park last Saturday.
It is the first time the men’s sides have met since England’s brilliant display in the 2019 World Cup semi-finals in Yokohama, where they won 19-7. Indeed, it is just the third clash in the last eight years, with the All Blacks fighting back to win by a single point at a soggy Twickenham in autumn 2018.
Date, kick-off time and venue
England v New Zealand are scheduled to be played on Saturday November 19, 2022 with a kick off time of 5.30pm GMT.
The autumn test will take place at Twickenham Stadium in south-west London.
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England vs New Zealand Team News
Jones has named two number eights to face the All Blacks, with the return of Billy Vunipola and the move of Sam Simmonds to blind flanker – a position he hasn’t played for the Exeter club since 2017. Tom Curry completes a formidable trio at the back.
That means Maro Itoje moves inside to lock in alongside Jonny Hill, with last week’s debutant David Ribbans falling to the bench. The first line is unchanged.
There are two changes at full-backs, with Manu Tuilagi back for Guy Porter at outside center and Jack Nowell back on the wing after an abdominal injury meant him a late withdrawal from the squad to face Argentina. The lively Jack van Poortvliet continues on to his Leciester teammate Ben Youngs in scrum-half.
Joe Cokanasiga, initially dropped from the team to meet Japan despite his trial against the Pumas before being recalled late in the starting XV, is once again absent. Owen Farrell wins his 100th England senior cap in midfield, while Bath prop Will Stuart is on the bench after injury.
Brodie Retallick is back in the All Blacks second row alongside longtime partner Sam Whitelock after serving a suspension, also earning his 100th Test cap.
There are nine changes from the 31-23 win over Scotland at Murrayfield, with Aaron Smith and Richie Mo’unga reunited at the back and Jordie Barrett linking up with Rieko Ioane in the centres, moving Beauden Barrett to the back.
Codie Taylor and Tyrel Lomax come in the front row, with Scott Barrett moving to the blind flank following the return of Retallick. Mark Telea continues far after his debut in two tries against Scotland.
Lineups England vs New Zealand
XV of England: Steward; Nowell, Tuilagi, Farrell (captain), May; Smith, Van Poortvliet; Genge, Cowan-Dickie, Sinckler, Itoje, Hill, Simmonds, Curry, B Vunipola.
Replacements: George, M Vunipola, Stuart, Ribbans, Willis, Youngs, Porter, Slade.
New Zealand XV: B Barrett; Telea, Ioane, J Barrett, Clarke; Mo’unga, Smith; De Groot, Taylor, Lomax, Retallick, Whitelock (capt), S Barrett, Papali’i, Savea.
Replacements: Taukei’aho, Bower, Laulala, Frizzell, Sotutu, Perenara, Havili, Lienert-Brown.
Officials England vs New Zealand
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
Assistant Referee 1: Damon Murphy (AR)
Assistant Referee 2: Nika Amashukeli (GRU)
TMO: Brian MacNeice (IRFU)
England vs New Zealand prediction
It has been a fun 12 months or so for the All Blacks, with some particularly off-beat performances, unusual inconsistencies and defeats leading to loud calls for Foster to be replaced by Crusaders manager Scott Robinson.
However, he got the support he needed over the summer and managed to turn the tide, no shortage of influence from former Ireland manager Joe Schmidt, who is now back in his native New Zealand coaching attack after starting as an independent coach.
A makeshift side were pushed hard by Japan in Tokyo, before a typically dominating punch against Wales was followed by another scare at Murrayfield as Scotland arguably missed their best chance to overthrow New Zealand.
It’s certainly not mission impossible for England, as Jones was keen to point out, with a fine combination of quick drive and physicality across the squad.
But when the going gets tough, more often than not the All Blacks have the advantage and the know-how in Test to get the job done, without lacking experience in Saturday’s formation.
New Zealand to win a grueling contest by seven points.
England vs New Zealand Odds
England win: 5/4
New Zealand win: 4/6
Odds via Betfair (subject to change).