14 Sep 2017

England confirm game with All Blacks

5:23 am on 14 September 2017

England will face the All Blacks in November 2018 for the first time in four years, the Rugby Football Union said while announcing the fixtures for next year's four-match autumn series.

Eddie Jones's England will host four test matches at Twickenham, kicking off their campaign against South Africa on Nov. 3 next year.

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

Seven days later, England face the All Blacks for the first time since losing four matches in 2014. England's last victory over them came in 2012.

Following the clash against the All Blacks, the side will host Japan, who will play only their second test against England.

The only previous meeting between the two sides was at the inaugural World Cup in 1987 when England claimed a 60-7 win over the Brave Blossoms in Sydney.

England will end their series against Australia (Nov. 24), who have lost their last four matches against Jones' side.

"The 2018... Series is incredibly important for England as we build towards the Rugby World Cup in 2019," Jones said in a statement.

"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."

"We will have to work hard and be smart in what we do to bridge the gap between us and the All Blacks," England coach Eddie Jones said.

"Over the next year we need to continue to develop a bulletproof side, that can find ways to win in matches.

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

The schedule for the 2018 series:

Nov. 3: England v South Africa

Nov. 10: England v New Zealand

Nov. 17: England v Japan

Nov. 24: England v Australia