England 25-25 New Zealand LIVE! Rugby match stream, result, updates and reaction after Twickenham thriller

England 25-25 New Zealand LIVE! Rugby match stream, result, updates and reaction after Twickenham thriller

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England produced a stunning late fightback to hold the All Blacks to an unlikely 25-25 draw at Twickenham on Saturday. Replacement prop Will Stuart notched either side of a Freddie Steward try and Marcus Smith nailed two important conversions to earn a share of the spoils during an incredibly dramatic finish to a memorable Autumn Nations Series Test.

New Zealand had looked to be cruising to a comfortable victory that would have extended their winning streak to seven matches and completed a statement northern hemisphere sweep with the World Cup in France looming next year. Dalton Papalii and Codie Taylor both notched early tries to threaten to blow England away, while they led by 19 points inside the final 10 minutes after a stylish Rieko Ioane score and Beauden Barrett’s opportunistic drop goal.

However, Barrett was then shown a yellow card and England fully capitalised on their man advantage in sensational style during an unforgettable final eight minutes. Follow England vs New Zealand reaction LIVE below, with expert analysis from Nick Purewal at Twickenham!

England vs New Zealand latest news

  • FT: England 25-25 New Zealand

  • Stuart scores late brace in dramatic fightback

  • Nick Purewal’s report on Twickenham thriller

  • England player ratings after amazing finish

  • Jones defends Smith not going for last-gasp win

England ratings

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Forwards

Ellis Genge 5

Bested in the set-piece but still bullish around the park.

Luke Cowan-Dickie 5

Pushed the envelope but could not get any dominance at the set-piece.

Kyle Sinckler 5

Scrum was a problem for England from the jump.

Maro Itoje 6

Kept pushing all the way on a difficult day.

Jonny Hill 5

Unable to put any telling pressure on New Zealand.

Sam Simmonds 5

Failed to impose himself in the way England wanted.

Tom Curry 6

Improved as things went on but a slow start.

Billy Vunipola 6

Battled hard throughout for the home side.

Replacements

Jamie George (for Cowan-Dickie, 56) 7

Good cameo from the Saracens hooker.

Mako Vunipola (for Genge, 56) 7

Added impetus and power in all areas.

Will Stuart (for Sinckler, 56) 8

Two-try man saved the day for the home side.

David Ribbans (for Hill, 65) 8

Put himself about again and proved he is a real option.

Jack Willis (for Simmonds, 67) 7

Added pace and impetus off the bench.

Ben Youngs (for Van Poortvliet, 53) 7

Experience and nous told its own tale at the end.

Guy Porter (for Nowell, 68) 7

Put himself around to fine effect.

Henry Slade (for Tuilagi, 53) 8

Showed his qualities again and surely merits a bigger role somewhere.

England ratings

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Backs

Freddie Steward 7

Grew into the game as the tie went on and his late try proved crucial.

Jack Nowell 6

Could not get into the action as England struggled for much of this match.

Manu Tuilagi 6

One burst aside it was another quiet day for the England powerhouse.

Owen Farrell 7

Battled through a leg problem to drag England out of the mire.

Jonny May 7

Always a threat with ball in hand.

Marcus Smith 7

Can always conjure something from nothing and showed it at the death.

Jack van Poortvliet 5

Not his day but also needed more protection at the fringes.

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Ian Foster reaction

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“We’ll be more disappointed than them,” said the New Zealand head coach.

“I loved the way we played for large parts of the game, we’re moving well, but it shows we’re not quite there yet.

“If you flipped it around, I would have liked our guys to have a crack [at the end], so I’m not sure what their tactics were.

“While it’s frustrating, there were large parts of that performance that I’m really proud of.”

Match report

21:25 , George Flood

Will Stuart’s two-try salvo scrambled England a scarcely deserved 25-25 Autumn Nations Series draw with New Zealand at Twickenham, writes Nick Purewal.

Freddie Steward notched a score in between Stuart’s brace, as England shook off the shackles of a woeful first 65 minutes to drag their way to an honours-even finish in west London.

The All Blacks had bested England in every department to lead 22-6 past the hour, only for England to conjure a three-try finish almost out of nowhere. Beauden Barrett’s yellow card proved pivotal, coming on the award of Stuart and England’s first score.

Eddie Jones’ men crossed twice more with New Zealand down to 14 men for the end of the contest, to cut the resurgent All Blacks’ winning streak short at six.

England now stand at won five, lost five, drawn one for their stuttering 2022, but the manner of this late, late comeback will mask some serious deficiencies that were thrown up in the first hour.

Click here to read the match report in full

Jones on Springbok challenge

21:23 , George Flood

More praise from Jones for the England crowd as his side now prepare to close an eventful autumn series against the world champion Springboks at Twickenham next weekend.

South Africa bounced back from a tame first half to run riot against Italy in Genoa earlier today...

“It will be a different game against South Africa, a different referee, a different animal we are playing against, but what was fantastic today was the crowd,” Jones said.

“They really lifted us in the second half and I would would like to thank the fans.”

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Jones on Smith and Van Poortvliet

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And here’s Jones’ assessment of Smith and Van Poortvliet, who experienced differing fortunes today...

“I liked the change in his [Smith’s] attitude,” he said. “He is a fantastic player, sometimes he is not as aggressive as he should be, but when he did at the end he was absolutely outstanding.

“Sometimes you get the results of the tests before the lessons! It was a hard first half for him [Van Poortvliet], we were getting beaten around the ruck, they were flying through, pressure on, 50-50 decisons going against him but he came back.

“The thing he has to remember is not to listen to what is being said outside, just worry about what is being said within the team.”

Jones backs Smith decision

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Here’s Eddie Jones on Smith’s decision to kick the ball out for a draw at the death...

“It is always up to the players, the referee was being very hard on the attacking rucks so there was a lot of sense in the decision they made,” he told Amazon Prime Video.

“I thought New Zealand were superb in the first half, they were aggressive, they won the ruck and when they had the opportunities they were able to score. We hung in there a lot and you always get the chance to attack, and we had that at the end.

“We put in some of the things we have worked on - running straighter, attacking gaps, quicker support play and it was fantastic.”

Kyle Sinckler reaction

20:19 , George Flood

“He would not say it, but we tried to make it a special occasion for Owen this week. It was a tale of two halves and credit to those who came on and finished the game off for us.

“From a team perspective, from where we were to come back against a team like New Zealand, a draw is testament to this team and the squad. International rugby is all about results and the here and now. To get a draw with a world class side like New Zealand is very good.”

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New England centurion Owen Farrell has been speaking to Amazon Prime Video and was asked about Smith’s decision to kick the ball dead rather than go for an unlikely last-gasp win after New Zealand’s final kick-off...

“I think it depended where we had the ball,” he said. “It’s a difficult place to go from. They had bodies piling in, we had men out. It was the right decision I think.

“They came out firing, we added errors on errors like the first game against Argentina. It didn’t feel like we were far off to be honest, just one or two percent. But against New Zealand that’s a lot.

“We’re growing. This team has not been together too long. We feel like we’re getting tighter and closer on and off the pitch. We’re understanding each other a bit more. That got tested a bit today but we stuck together. That was brilliant.

“We’re a team that wants to go at other teams. We don’t want to wait for mistakes. That’s what we did today.”

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So New Zealand’s six-match winning streak is halted in unbelievable fashion, with the All Blacks denied a statement northern hemisphere autumn sweep ahead of next year’s World Cup in France.

For England, meanwhile, their 2022 record stands at five wins, five losses and now a draw, with the world champion Springboks in town next weekend.

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And here is that Freddie Steward score in between the two Will Stuart tries...

Watch: Stuart seals incredible England fightback

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Smith looking a bit sheepish in conversation with some England team-mates after full-time.

He may well be second-guessing that decision not to go for the win at the death there.

Nick Purewal at Twickenham

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And here shows the value of keeping 15 players on the pitch.

England were second best in every department, until Beauden Barrett’s yellow card. Suddenly a flurry of points scrambled the hosts a draw they scarcely deserved.

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19:28 , George Flood

Worth noting there were some boos from the pumped Twickenham crowd at the end there as Smith chose to kick the ball dead with the clock in the red rather than try and push for an unbelievable last-gasp win after New Zealand’s final kick-off.

But given their slack performance for the majority of that game, Eddie Jones will surely be absolutely over the moon with an unlikely draw - only the second ever between these two teams and a first since 1997.

Full-time

19:23 , George Flood

England 25-25 New Zealand

WHAT A COMEBACK!

England were 19 points down there before that late, late three-try drama.

Astonishing! Beauden Barrett’s yellow card absolutely pivotal, as it turned out.

Should England have even gone for the win at the end there?!

TRY! England 25-25 New Zealand | Will Stuart 79’

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79 mins: The try is given!

Two off the bench from the fit-again Bath prop.

This is absolutely incredible.

SMITH MAKES THE CONVERSION TO TIE THE SCORE WITH SECONDS LEFT!

AMAZING!

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79 mins: Will Stuart is over after another brilliant England attack!

New Zealand thought they had a turnover there.

This will go to the TMO. England will have an offside penalty if this wasn’t grounded properly...

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77 mins: England are really going for this now, but New Zealand earn a potentially pivotal penalty that is cleared to touch.

But it’s only just outside the 22!

The All Blacks were cruising to victory here, now this is suddenly in the balance! Incredible late drama at Twickenham.

I can barely believe it.

TRY! England 18-25 New Zealand | Freddie Steward 74'

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75 mins: Wow!

This is remarkable.

England throw caution to the wind with another pacey attack, full of movement, brilliant offloads and dream handling.

They go back to Steward on the blinside and he charges through to score their second try in minutes.

This time Smith has the conversion!

England trail by a converted try with five minutes left and a man advantage...

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TRY! England 11-25 New Zealand | Will Stuart 72'

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72 mins: No penalty try, but the officials judge that Stuart did indeed get the ball on the line anyway.

Something for the Twickenham crowd to shout about at last. That’s his first international try for England.

Smith can’t nail a tricky conversion, so New Zealand lead by two converted tries with just eight minutes remaining.

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Yellow card - Beauden Barrett (New Zealand)

19:11 , George Flood

72 mins: Smith leads a tremendous England break, with a yellow for Beauden Barrett for killing the ball on the line. New Zealand will finish this contest with 14 men.

We’ll need a check here for a possible penalty try, with also the grounding to be looked at after Stuart picked up the ball and tried to bring it over the line.

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DROP GOAL! England 6-25 New Zealand | Beauden Barrett 70'

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70 mins: So clinical from New Zealand, who kick downfield after a penalty, maul brilliantly and then carry forward with brute strength.

They have a penalty advantage after Vunipola’s infringement on the deck, but they don’t need an effort from the tee as Barrett connects with an opportunistic drop goal.

The New Zealand lead is at 19 with less than 10 minutes to go.

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68 mins: Chance, after chance, after chance has passed England by in this massively frustrating second half.

They sustain the pressure and claim the lineout, but receiver Itoje is rather thrown across and there’s yet another whistle.

Another trip to that All Black 22 ends pointless.

Watch: Ioane streaks clear for third All Blacks try

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64 mins: England have certainly had no problems breaching the New Zealand 22 in this second half, but their ingenuity and creativity once they get there has left a lot to be desired.

A promising attack at a crucial time breaks down again and New Zealand have the put-in at the scrum, which they dominate with Mo’unga then stylishing side-stepping Smith before booting into touch.

Class!

Jack Willis replaces Simmonds for England, while TJ Perenara is on for New Zealand at scrum-half. Bower also the final front-row change.

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62 mins: Taukeiaho and Laulala are on in the All Black front row, with Henry Slade having replaced Tuilagi for England a few minutes ago.

More England pressure and great work from the likes of Steward leads to a penalty that is kicked to touch on the far side.

A big opportunity with time quickly running out...

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60 mins: The Twickenham crowd are on their feet after a rare charge into space from the fleet-footed May.

But a promising break is bottled up by this ferocious and incredibly well-disciplined New Zealand defence, with another penalty earned for holding on after Telea pounces.

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60 mins: Simmonds crashes over the gain line and there’s a fine pass to Vunipola, with England barrelling their way within five metres.

But New Zealand’s defence earn yet another penalty with Savea and Retallick doing the necessary work at the breakdown.

Their breakdown work has been absolutely superb tonight, it must be said.

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57 mins: Here come England again, deep inside the All Black 22 off the lineout after great work from Hill at the breakdown after a fine Curry tackle led to a penalty kicked to touch.

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55 mins: Curry is all over New Zealand at that latest ruck, with the referee in the way as Smith tries to get a hurried pass away.

England now change their entire front row, with Sinckler, Cowan-Dickie and Genge replaced by Mako Vunipola, George and Stuart.

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18:49 , George Flood

The swing of England failing to score a try with their opening attack of the half, followed by Rieko Ioane running home for New Zealand could be enough to seal this match for the All Blacks.

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18:47 , George Flood

53 mins: New Zealand’s defence around the breakdown remains fierce and after another line break inside the All Black 22, Van Poortvliet commits a knock-on under pressure.

Scrum New Zealand, with Van Poortvliet quickly replaced by Leicester team-mate Ben Youngs.

Van Poortvliet was excellent against Japan last weekend, but this was an altogether tougher task and a rough evening for the youngster.

TRY! England 6-22 New Zealand | Rieko Ioane 51’

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51 mins: Devastating from New Zealand!

Simmonds spills the ball in the tackle and the All Blacks turn defence into attack in seconds off the turnover, with another cross-field kick from Barrett out to Clarke, who releases Ioane outside with a sensational switch pass.

Ioane is away and won’t be caught down that left wing! Sensational score, wow.

The conversion is botched. The lead stays at 22-6.

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49 mins: A scuffle between Curry and Mo’unga is quickly defused.

England’s latest bout of pressure leads to a lineout just outside the All Black 22.

Can they go again?

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48 mins: Smith slips in Tuilagi for a brilliant break, eventually scythed down by an important Clarke tackle.

England are then camped just outside the New Zealand try line, working through the forwards and trying to bulldoze their way over from close range, including Itoje on the pick-and-go.

But all their efforts go to waste as the All Blacks get the penalty! Itoje rather flopped down on top of the ruck there.

Really disappointing for England, who had all the momentum.

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45 mins: The timings are pure guesswork at the moment as problems with the scoreboard at Twickenham have fed into Amazon Prime Video’s coverage.

England have started this second half like a train and after Nowell slaps back an enticing Van Poortvliet box-kick, Savea is penalised.

The hosts kick to touch and then attack furiously off the lineout...

PENALTY! England 6-17 New Zealand | Marcus Smith 42'

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42 mins: Fine work at the start of the second half from England and New Zealand are pinged for holding on.

Farrell is moving uncomfortably with an apparent ankle issue and Smith takes over kicking duties for now.

First attempt is a success. The All Black lead is cut to 11 points.

Second half underway

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The second half is off and running!

The Red Roses received their Guinness World Record honour for the longest Test winning streak at the break.

Emily Scarratt among them.

Nick Purewal at Twickenham

18:24 , George Flood

New Zealand have handed England three major reprieves and yet still lead the hosts 17-3 at the break.

England bested at the breakdown in both defence and attack.

The home side are somehow still in this game, but will need one of their best halves ever to turn the tide.

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Half-time

18:18 , George Flood

England 3-17 New Zealand

PENALTY! England 3-17 New Zealand | Jordie Barrett 41’

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41 mins: “Take the points,” says All Blacks skipper Whitelock with the clock in the red at the end of this first half.

Jordie Barrett duly obliges, stretching New Zealand’s lead to 14 points at the interval with a straightforward effort from the tee.

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39 mins: A great step from Mo’unga, who beats both Curry and Vunipola as New Zealand attack with real purpose following the halting of their rolling maul on the far side.

New Zealand’s dynamic and determined carriers are weaving further and further towards that England try line once again, getting quick ball and working through over a dozen phases.

The All Blacks go right and then send it through the hands back left, with the ball eventually spilled into touch by Jordie Barrett in the corner!

But they were playing a very long advantage for offside against Genge, who may also have been guilty of a no-arms tackle.

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37 mins: Both hookers struggling with their throws at the moment, but Cowan-Dickie does eventually get it right.

A pick-and-go from Itoje but he’s isolated and Van Poortvliet delays, leading to another All Black penalty that is kicked to touch midway inside the England half.

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35 mins: England’s frustration is clear as they miss the chance to put New Zealand under pressure and are then whistled for an offside on the wing.

Into the final five minutes of the first half, with Taylor about to send in another lineout throw.

It’s crooked again! England very relieved as they boom a free-kick into touch.

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31 mins: The latest scrum takes a while to sort out, with Genge’s complaints over a lack of space being given by the New Zealand front row countered by England then folding when it’s time to engage.

Vunipola eventually picks the ball up from the base and goes, but New Zealand are quickly back in the ascendancy, with Mo’unga aiming yet another accurate cross-field kick out right to Ioane.

Danger again for England as their opponents build up a head of steam, but the ball is eventually knocked on by the versatile All Black no13, under pressure from Farrell.

Another scrum.

Watch: England stunned by fast All Blacks start

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29 mins: This New Zealand pack are not messing around tonight, winning another scrum penalty after their defence stands firm impressively once more.

Great scrummaging from Lomax in particular this time.

They kick to touch but Taylor’s lineout throw is not straight.

A chance for England redemption at another set-piece.

Itoje is down and receiving treatment...

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27 mins: England miss touch with their latest penalty and offer New Zealand another attacking platform, with the ball chipped down that left flank.

But Ioane is ahead of Clarke and Raynal’s whistle blows.

PENALTY! England 3-14 New Zealand | Owen Farrell 25'

17:58 , George Flood

25 mins: No mistake from Farrell and England are on the board at last.

They really needed that.

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23 mins: England attack with penalty advantage off the back of the scrum, with Smith trying to play in Steward, who was sensational against Japan last weekend.

But the move is halted and we come back for the infringement from All Blacks tighthead Lomax.

England need points on the board here and Farrell does indeed point to the posts this time.

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21 mins: This is much better from England, solid carrying and Farrell kicking a penalty to touch.

They keep the quick ball and momentum going, with a loose pass from Mo’unga later aimed hopefully towards Nowell by the boot of Tuilagi.

It ends up a scrum, England put-in.

NO TRY

17:52 , George Flood

18 mins: The try is chalked off after a neck roll on Farrell!

14-0 to New Zealand it remains.

A huge let-off for England...

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17:51 , George Flood

17 mins: Van Poortvliet dithers at a ruck after England are put under pressure with a lineout deep inside their own half and is hit legally by Savea.

New Zealand need no second invitation to hunt try number three and the opportunity looks to be gone as they move the ball from left to right and Telea can’t tee up Ioane.

But they keep possession and Ioane eventually goes over between the posts. But hang on, there is a TMO check on a possible neck roll here...

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15 mins: Another careless Vunipola penalty thwarts England and New Zealand are swiftly back on the attack, repeatedly eager to nail those cross-field kicks and stretch the home defence.

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12 mins: The Twickenham crowd are given something to shout about after an All Black turnover and some strong England carrying that takes them down near the New Zealand try line for the first time.

They earn a penalty and Farrell goes for lineout instead of points, but the hard work is undone as Vunipola is whistled for crossing in the air, stopping New Zealand getting to receiver Itoje.

Huge frustration for England.

TRY! England 0-14 New Zealand | Codie Taylor 9’

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9 mins: A bad start from England becomes a disaster as hooker Codie Taylor touches down try no2 for the All Blacks.

We haven’t played 10 minutes yet!

There’s another scrum that leads to a New Zealand penalty, which they kick for a five-metre lineout.

They safely bring it in and quickly get the rolling maul working, with England defenders too easily brushed aside as hooker Taylor rumbles over.

England need to get a grip here and fast, or this could get very ugly indeed.

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17:39 , George Flood

7 mins: New Zealand dominate the opening scrum and Clarke weaves his way near the 22 after a clever cross-field chip from Mo’unga.

But it’s later questionable decision-making from the All Blacks fly-half to try it again, with England having the defenders necessary to repel the attack.

It’s scrum-time again after a Tuilagi knock-on.

TRY! England 0-7 New Zealand | Dalton Papalii 4'

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4 mins: A nightmare start from England!

They safely claim their own lineout ball but Van Poortvliet’s pass to Farrell is intercepted by bleach-haired flanker Papalii, who streaks clear to touch down the first try of the evening inside five minutes.

An easy conversion follows in front of the posts. Twickenham stunned!

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3 mins: Almost an England interception as the ball is spilled and New Zealand end up being sent back into their own half.

Eddie Jones will be concerned at just how easy the All Blacks initially made those yards.

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2 mins: The first penalty of the evening goes New Zealand’s way as England are eager to fly out of the line but get pinged for offside.

The All Blacks eventually gather the lineout and in a flash are within five metres of the England try line, with strong carrying from the likes of Scott Barrett.

England’s defence need to stand firm here...

Kick-off

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Referee Mathieu Raynal blows his whistle and we are underway!

A fantastic atmosphere at a buzzing Twickenham.

What an occasion this promises to be.

A little chip from Mo’unga for Itoje to bring in...

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England’s players line up as normal to face the Haka but there are boos from the crowd, who quickly break out into a loud rendition of ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’.

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Stirring anthems, as always. Now time for the Haka!

How will England meet it?

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Some scene at Twickenham. Now time for the national anthems.

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Centurions Owen Farrell and Brodie Retallick walk out first as a pair in recognition of their big achievement.

Their respective team-mates quickly follow, with a spectacular light and pyro show at Twickenham.

Nick Purewal at Twickenham

17:22 , George Flood

England put the house lights down to announce their match lineup to face New Zealand at Twickenham.

The hosts were hoping upon hope to shine the brightest once the big build-up would give way to a doubtless unrelenting Test contest.

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Final preparations....

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Standard Sport’s Nick Purewal at Twickenham

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Former captain Dylan Hartley reckons England should "kick the door in" by going route one against the All Blacks today.

England will hope a newly rebuilt Manu Tuilagi can rediscover his physical best, a la 2012 and 2019.

Today’s results

17:12 , George Flood

It’s all over at Murrayfield, where Scotland have smashed Argentina - who were down to 12 players at one stage - 55-22 with a hat-trick of tries from Darcy Graham and a Sione Tuipulotu brace, gaining revenge for their summer series defeat.

The headline result of the afternoon so far was at the Principality Stadium, where Wales were embarrassed by Georgia 13-12.

The Springboks turned on the power after the interval to thrash Italy 63-21 in Genoa, with Ireland hosting Australia later on this evening.

France entertain Japan tomorrow.

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Player of the year nominees

17:08 , George Flood

Ardie Savea is likely to be driven this evening by being surprisingly omitted from the World Rugby Player of the Year shortlist announced earlier this week.

The reliable All Blacks back-row did not make the cut, with the list of nominees reading Lukhanyo Am (South Africa), Antoine Dupont (France), Johnny Sexton and Josh van der Flier (both Ireland).

Andy Farrell, Fabien Galthie, Simon Middleton and Wayne Smith were nominated for the coaching award, meanwhile.

The winners will be named on Sunday.

Jones explains back-row selection

17:01 , George Flood

Two number eights in Sam Simmonds and Billy Vunipola was unquestionably the main talking point from England’s team announcement on Thursday.

Here’s what Eddie Jones had to say about the decision, with Maro Itoje in charge of the lineout this evening.

"It's a bit horses for courses against New Zealand,” he said. “Traditionally if you look at the history of the game, New Zealand's strength is their back row.

"Their most talismanic players have always been their back rows. Look at Graham Mourie, Richie McCaw, Kieran Read, Wayne Shelford, Zinzan Brooke. We feel that battle is going to be quite important in the game.

"Sam gives us a little bit more mobility and a little bit more contest at the breakdown, which again is going to be important.

"Billy's job is to get us over the gain line. If you can get over the gain line against New Zealand you can present problems for their defence and Billy has the opportunity to do that.

"Ideally we would have three jumpers, but we just feel we need that contest in the back row for this week.

"Maro's preferred position is definitely lock, but he can play six. We're pleased with the way Alex Coles is developing but for this game we feel that's the best balanced pack."

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A tooth infection spoiled Ellis Genge’s trip to Torquay when England dispatched New Zealand 38-21 at Twickenham back in 2012, writes Nick Purewal.

As Manu Tuilagi tore through the All Blacks for one of England’s greatest single victories, a 17-year-old Genge watched on through the pain from a Devon caravan park.

A decade later, Genge the accomplished England prop is determined to leave the All Blacks down in the mouth at Twickenham on Saturday.

“I was in Torquay at a caravan site watching it with my Dad,” said Genge.

“I had a tooth infection. I suffer with that sort of thing relatively badly, so I was in a foul mood.

“But it was good to watch. And I do remember that game quite clearly.

“Manu ran amok didn’t he? I do remember, but it didn’t put me in a better mood.”

Click here to read the article in full

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Carter: Revenge plot gives All Blacks edge

16:49 , George Flood

All Blacks icon Dan Carter is on punditry duty alongside ex-England captain Dylan Hartley and believes it is the sense of rarity behind today’s game that makes it such a terrific occasion.

He also believes that New Zealand’s burning desire to avenge that humbling loss in Yokohama will give them the extra edge this evening.

“It’s been too long between games and that’s why I think this game is going to be an absolute cracker. That scarcity brings extra excitement,” he said this week.

“There’s also the extra excitement after what happened in 2019 when England completely outplayed the All Blacks. That hurt and will have hurt a lot of the players who are involved that day.

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“When you have a defeat like that, the one thing you want to do is play against that opposition again, but we haven’t been able to do that for so long.

“Knowing some of the players who were involved in that game, there will be some some personal motivation going on there.

“There are players who have been a part of successful World Cups for New Zealand in 2011 and 2015, so being part of a losing World Cup team really does hurt. They will have have an extra edge for this game.”

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A rousing reception for the England players as they arrived at HQ a little earlier on....

England vs New Zealand head-to-head

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This is just the second meeting between two powerhouses of global rugby since 2014.

Chris Ashton and Dylan Hartley tries looked to have set England up for a famous win on the All Blacks’ last trip to Twickenham four years ago, only for a Damian McKenzie score and Beauden Barrett’s boot to erase a 15-point deficit in a gruelling 16-15 New Zealand win in the swirling rain. Sam Underhill’s late, late try was controversially chalked off that day.

And no English rugby fan will need reminding of the last meeting in Yokohama in 2019, when England were absolutely inch-perfect to seal a first World Cup final berth for 12 years 19-7, with Tuilagi crossing the whitewash and four penalties from the boot of George Ford.

England’s only other win over the All Blacks since 2003 came in December 2012, when Stuart Lancaster’s men, inspired by Tuilagi, ran out 38-21 victors on one of the greatest Twickenham days.

Overall, England have won just eight of 42 past contests, with 33 New Zealand wins and one draw. Jones has mentioned that 19 per cent success rate once or twice this week...

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The All Blacks check in...

Eddie Jones: England will ‘go after’ All Blacks today

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The All Blacks are obviously one of the most feared outfits in all of team sport, but this has been a very up and down 12 months or so by their usual high standards.

They have reeled off six straight wins to claim their latest Rugby Championship crown and stand on the verge of a northern hemisphere autumn sweep, but only after former Ireland boss Joe Schmidt stepped up from independent selector to influential attack coach and tactician to help out the under-fire Ian Foster, who was expected to be replaced by Crusaders coach Scott Robinson after a summer series loss to Ireland on home soil coupled with defeats by Ireland and France last autumn and a first home loss against Argentina.

That previous run of six losses from eight games certainly points to a current New Zealand iteration that are far from infallible, with Eddie Jones insisting all week that England will go for the jugular today in a challenge that he believes is certainly not ‘mission impossible’.

"Everyone's excited. This is like if you're a mountain climber going to the top of Mount Everest," he said.

"New Zealand are historically the most successful team in world rugby and the team you want to play against.

"It takes a massive effort to beat them and our players understand that. We're prepared for it. We're going after them, they're not coming after us."

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A spot of late winter sun has given way to darkness at Twickenham, where we are set for a cracking atmosphere under the lights this evening...

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Will England answer the Haka?

15:59 , George Flood

As usual, there has been a lot of talk in the build-up to today’s showdown about how exactly England are going to deal with the Haka.

They famously formed a V-shape around it before that unforgettable World Cup semi-final in Yokohama in 2019, leading to a fine from World Rugby.

The likes of forwards coach Richard Cockerill have called for players and fans to stand up again to a tradition that he described as having become “a bit sterile”.

And Eddie Jones has promised fireworks at Twickenham this evening regardless.

"We've got a responsibility to light the crowd up. We want to light the crowd up and whether it's during the Haka or post the Haka, I don't really care," he said.

"The fans can be our 24th player. The noise the crowd made against Japan last Saturday was fantastic.

"The players felt the warmth and pride that the crowd brought and now it's our responsibility to light them up."

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Can new-look Tuilagi punish All Blacks again?

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Manu Tuilagi version 3.0 has been in Beta testing so far this autumn. But only Alphas defeat the All Blacks, writes Nick Purewal.

The updates and the patches are complete, and today England will find out whether a stripped-down Tuilagi still has the power to punish New Zealand.

A leaner Tuilagi is all but banned from lifting weights in a bid to end a susceptibility to soft-tissue injury. Team-mate Henry Slade and head coach Eddie Jones believe the all-new Tuilagi is meaner than ever.

The 31-year-old’s third iteration receives final release at Twickenham tomorrow, whereupon all England will hope he can recapture his physical dominance and complete a hat-trick of New Zealand humblings.

Samoa-born powerhouse Tuilagi had New Zealand running scared in 2012, only to suffer years of groin injuries. A split pubic bone nearly forced Tuilagi into retirement, but Leicester painstakingly put the hard-running centre’s body back together.

Tuilagi somehow resummoned full strength and power to terrorise New Zealand again, in the 2019 World Cup semi-final in Japan.

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England vs New Zealand officials

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Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)

Assistant Referee 1: Damon Murphy (RA)

Assistant Referee 2: Nika Amashukeli (GRU)

TMO: Brian MacNeice (IRFU)

Raynal back in spotlight after Bledisloe Cup controversy

15:43 , George Flood

There was a late change to the officiating team for today’s contest, with Mathieu Raynal set to referee the game after Australian Nic Berry returned home for personal reasons.

Frenchman Raynal had originally only been marked down to referee Romania vs Samoa in Bucharest, having apparently seen his standing diminish in the wake of that controversial opening Bledisloe Cup Test win for the All Blacks back in September, when he punished Wallabies fly-half Bernard Foley for time-wasting during the latter stages of a tight clash in Melbourne.

An Australian penalty in front of their own posts when leading 37-34 instead turned into a New Zealand free-kick and they ended up scoring from the resulting scrum, winning the contest 39-37.

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Raynal was an assistant for the follow-up clash at Eden Park and firmly stood by his decision in the aftermath.

"I always take responsibility for what I do. I take responsibility for this decision 100%," Raynal said.

"I had the necessary reasons to take it. I know it's a decision that makes people talk, that makes a lot of noise, but I try to free myself from this context of pressure to make what seems to me the fairest calls.

"This is the heart of my job. And sometimes, it creates tensions, frustrations, controversies but I take responsibility for it. Things are never white or black but often grey."

England vs New Zealand lineups in full

15:29 , George Flood

England XV: Steward; Nowell, Tuilagi, Farrell (capt), 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.

New Zealand team news

15:29 , George Flood

All Blacks coach Ian Foster makes nine changes to the team that survived another scare against Scotland in last weekend’s 31-23 triumph at Murrayfield.

Aaron Smith and Richie Mo’unga are reunited as the half-back pairing and Jordie Barrett partners Rieko Ioane in the centres, with Beauden Barrett switching to full-back and Anton Lienert-Brown among the replacements.

Hooker Codie Taylor and Tyrel Lomax come into the front row, with Scott Barrett moving to blindside flanker. Mark Telea continues out wide after his superb two-try debut against Scotland.

Brodie Retallick is back from suspension and lines up alongside skipper Sam Whitelock in the second row, like Farrell also bringing up his century of international caps at Twickenham today.

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England team news

15:24 , George Flood

Three changes in personnel from England today following the 52-13 thrashing of Japan, with Manu Tuilagi, Billy Vunipola and Jack Nowell all returning at the expense of Guy Porter, David Ribbans and Joe Cokanasiga, the latter dropped entirely from the matchday squad once again.

Eddie Jones has gone with two number eights in order to add crucial speed and dynamism to his back row, with Sam Simmonds operating at blindside flanker - a position he has not played at club level for Exeter since 2017.

That means Maro Itoje shifts inside to lock alongside Jonny Hill, with Jones sacrificing a specialist lineout jumper in last week’s debutant Ribbans.

Jack van Poortvliet gets the nod over Leicester team-mate Ben Youngs once more at scrum-half after a fizzing display against the Brave Blossoms, with captain Owen Farrell earning his 100th senior cap in midfield.

It’s a 5/3 bench split, with Bath prop Will Stuart back in the fold after injury.

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How to watch England vs New Zealand

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TV channel and live stream: Today’s game will be broadcast live on the Amazon Prime Video streaming service.

A subscription to Amazon Prime currently costs £8.99 in the UK. The service can be viewed across multiple platforms including smart televisions.

Welcome to England vs New Zealand LIVE coverage!

15:18 , George Flood

Good afternoon and a very warm welcome to Standard Sport’s latest LIVE coverage of England’s eventful Autumn Nations Series campaign.

After bouncing back from a shock defeat by Argentina to run seven tries past overmatched Japan last weekend, the serious business begins for Eddie Jones’ side today as the formidable All Blacks travel to Twickenham ahead of the visit of the world champion Springboks.

It’s not been a vintage year from New Zealand by any means, but they can end their autumn campaign with a northern hemisphere sweep this evening to lay down a significant marker ahead of next year’s World Cup in France.

Kick-off in south-west London today is at the later time of 5:30pm GMT, so stay tuned for all the match build-up, team news, thoughts from both camps and minute-by-minute updates, including expert analysis from Standard Sport’s rugby correspondent Nick Purewal at Twickenham.

You won’t want to miss this!

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