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All Black lines up for Red Rose in 2018

13th September 2017, 17:34 by Craig Smithson

England will face world champions New Zealand at Twickenham on November 10 during their four-match 2018 autumn international schedule.

Eddie Jones' side will be well into their preparations for the next World Cup in Japan in 2019 and the game against the All Blacks will provide a good barometer of how much work they will need to do in order to get to the level required to emulate the nation's 2003 success in Australia.

England's last game against New Zealand was back in November 2014, when they lost at Twickenham, which followed on from a 3-0 Test series Down Under earlier that summer.

Therefore Jones is targeting revenge in their next showdown, in addition to victories against South Africa in the first match of the series on November 3, before facing Japan on November 17 and Australia on November 24.

He said: "We want to win that series 4-0 and we will need to play extremely well to beat four very good teams over a four-week period.

"The series will give us a really good indicator of where we are as a squad, a year out from the Rugby World Cup."

He added: "Over the next year we need to continue to develop a bulletproof side, that can find ways to win in matches, and we will have to work hard and be smart in what we do to bridge the gap between us and the All Blacks.

"Our ambition is to be the number one team in the world going into the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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