The All Blacks head toward Twickenham tonight for the Test of England’s Autumn Nations Series title. It’s the first time the two nations have faced each other since a memorable 2019 World Cup semi-final in Yokohama, when a perfect display from Eddie Jones’ side produced a remarkable 19-7 win. New Zealand haven’t visited Twickenham since overcoming a 15-point deficit in a tight rain-soaked triumph in 2018.
These are the only two matches in the last eight years and the memories of England’s resounding success in 2012 are sure to come flooding back with the return of Manu Tuilagi, who is recalled by Jones today along with Jack Nowell and Billy Vunipola. Captain Owen Farrell earns his 100th cap as the hosts look to make a statement ahead of a showdown with the Springboks after bouncing back from a shock loss to Argentina to pass seven tries past Japan last weekend.
Ian Foster’s All Blacks, meanwhile, have endured an unusually inconsistent 12 months but after wins over Japan, Wales and Scotland can complete a northern hemisphere sweep here ahead of the World Cup next year in France. Follow England v New Zealand live below, with expert analysis from Nick Purewal at Twickenham.
TRY! England 18-25 New Zealand | Freddie Steward 74′
75 minutes: Wow!
England flout caution with another quick attack, full of movement, brilliant volleys and dreamy handling.
They return to Steward on the blindside and he charges to score their second try within minutes.
This time, Smith has the conversion!
England trail by a converted try with five minutes to play and a power play…
TRY! England 11-25 New Zealand | Will Stuart 72′
72 minutes: No penalty try, but the referees judge that Stuart put the ball on the line.
Something for the Twickenham crowd to finally scream. This is his first international try for England.
Smith fails to pull off a tricky conversion, so New Zealand lead by two converted tries with just eight minutes remaining.
72 minutes: Smith leads a formidable break in England, with a yellow for Beauden Barrett for illegal work to potentially prevent a late try. 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 consider after Stuart wins the ball and tries to hit the ground.
OBJECTIVE RELEASED! England 6-25 New Zealand | Beauden Barrette 70′
70 minutes: So clinical from New Zealand, who strikes downfield from a penalty, mauls brilliantly then continues with brute force.
They have a penalty advantage after Vunipola’s breach on the bridge, but they don’t need an effort from the tee as Barrett connects with an opportunistic drop goal.
The New Zealand header is at 19 with less than 10 minutes to play.
68 minutes: Chance after chance after chance overtook England in a hugely frustrating second half.
They keep up the pressure and claim the lineout, but receiver Itoje is thrown around instead and there’s yet another whistle.
Another trip to this All Black 22 ends unnecessarily.
Watch: Ioane clears away for All Blacks third try
64 minutes: England certainly had no problem breaking through the 22 New Zealanders in the second half, but their ingenuity and creativity once there left a lot to be desired.
A promising attack at a crucial moment again breaks down and New Zealand have the put-in to the scrum, which they dominate with Mo’unga then style by avoiding Smith before starting on the sidelines.
Jack Willis replaces Simmonds for England, while TJ Perenara is for New Zealand at scrum-half. Bower also has the latest change to the front row.
62 minutes: Taukeiaho and Laulala are the All Black front runners, with Henry Slade replacing Tuilagi for England a few minutes ago.
More English pressure and excellent work from Steward lead to a penalty which is kicked in to hit the other side.
A great opportunity whose time is running out…
60 minutes: The Twickenham crowd have been on their feet after a rare space charge since May.
But a promising break is bottled up by that fierce and incredibly disciplined New Zealand defence, with another penalty earned for holding on after Telea’s leap.