Wait goes on for ABs v England clash

Brian Habana in action for the Barbarians against the All Blacks at Twickenham in December 2009....
Brian Habana in action for the Barbarians against the All Blacks at Twickenham in December 2009. Photo Getty
The bleating about a possible All Blacks-England encounter later this year can now stop, as the Barbarians have confirmed they will face the world champions on November 4.

It was reported last week that the England Rugby Union (RFU) and New Zealand Rugby (NZR) were in negotiations to add an out of international window fixture between the Rugby Championship and the Six Nations champions.

The much anticipated clash between the All Blacks and England would have replaced a scheduled clash against the Barbarians.

The Barbarians FC confirmed the fixture today, saying they have received approval from the RFU to stage a clash with the All Blacks at Twickenham. It still requires the approval NZR.

"For the record, and contrary to some recent media reports, the Barbarians have a strong and very collaborative relationship with the RFU, and any suggestion that the RFU has not acted correctly in any part of the discussions around staging this fixture is unfair and wrong," John Spencer, Chairman of the Barbarians said.

The Barbarians have played the All Blacks 10 times since 1954, the last match being in 2009 when South Africa's Bryan Habana scored a hat-trick in a 25-18 victory.

The All Blacks will also face France, Scotland and Wales on their northern hemisphere tour this year, and aren't due to meet England until November 2018.

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