23 Mar 2017

All Blacks to play Baabaas not England

7:57 am on 23 March 2017

The All Blacks will play the Barbarians at Twickenham later this year after plans for England to play the world champions failed to come to fruition.

Eddie Jones' Six Nations champions had hoped to play the All Blacks in a hastily-arranged November Test.

The All Blacks perform the haka during the third rugby test against England at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton during the Steinlager Series - 21 June 2014.

The All Blacks perform the haka before they play England in 2014. Photo: Photosport

But the Barbarians, an invitational side, has received Rugby Football Union approval to play New Zealand at the venue where they retained the world title in October 2015.

The Barbarians said in a statement "the Barbarian FC today received approval from the RFU to stage the Barbarians v New Zealand match....replacing a Barbarians v Australia match previously approved."

New Zealand Rugby boss Steve Tew reportedly insisted to his Rugby Football Union counterparts that the All Blacks play the invitational match.

The match against the Barbarians will be followed by Tests against France, Scotland and Wales on New Zealand's northern tour.

England's record-equalling 18 straight Test wins was brought to an end by Ireland in last week's Six Nations clash.

New Zealand and England are scheduled to play one another next year.