England v New Zealand at Eden Park: Date, kick-off time and TV channel

England lost their opening match against New Zealand by a point having been level at half-time

Ten years on from their last tour of New Zealand, England have returned to the land of the long white cloud hoping to improve on the 3-0 series loss they endured in 2014.

This series is Steve Borthwick’s biggest test as head coach since taking the helm in December 2022 and his team almost came close to ending the 21-year wait for victory against the All Blacks in their own back yard before falling to a one-point defeat in Dunedin last Saturday. Take a look at how Telegraph Sport rated the players’ performances here.

When are the games?

Where will the games be played?

Borthwick’s men opened the series with defeat at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.

The second match is tomorrow at Eden Park in Auckland, the spiritual home of New Zealand rugby.

How can I watch the match?

Live TV coverage of the game is on Sky Sports, with build-up beginning at 7.30am UK time on both Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action.

Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and return tomorrow morning to follow Telegraph Sport’s live blog.

What is the latest England news?

England have been dealt a blow on the eve of the second Test after George Furbank was ruled out by a back injury.

Furbank was singled out as the tourists’ dangerman by opposite number Stephen Perofeta earlier in the week but his late injury setback means his cutting edge in attack will be missing at Eden Park.

Freddie Steward replaces Furbank at full-back in his first appearance for England since February 10 when he started against Wales in the Six Nations.

Steward has even been overlooked for the bench since losing his place to Furbank, who provides the team with more of a counter-attacking threat while also an accomplished defender.

The Leicester Tiger was a foundation stone of England’s backline as he quickly compiled 33 caps, but his expertise under the high ball and command of the backfield have made way for a new emphasis on attack.

Steward has trained throughout the summer tour but tomorrow’s second and final Test against the All Blacks will be his first appearance since May 18 when Leicester defeated Exeter – almost two months ago.

Fin Baxter will make his first start for England on Saturday. The 22-year-old Harlequins prop, who won his first cap off the bench in the 16-15 first Test defeat, again replaces his clubmate Joe Marler who has been ruled out with a foot injury. Bevan Rodd comes onto the bench.

By contrast, fellow prop Dan Cole will win his 115th cap from the bench to become England’s second most-capped men’s player behind Ben Youngs (127).

What is the latest New Zealand news?

New Zealand have made one enforced change by starting Finlay Christie at scrum-half.

TJ Perenara’s knee injury in the series opener created a vacancy in the No 9 jersey that has been filled by Christie, who came on as a replacement in the 16-15 victory.

Cortez Ratima has taken Christie’s place on the bench and will make his debut if he comes on.

Flanker Samipeni Finau has been cleared to play after exiting last Saturday’s win for an HIA.

What are the odds?

  • England to win: 3/1

  • New Zealand to win: 1/4

  • Draw: 35/1