Report: England 22-30 New Zealand

England v New Zealand
Brad Barritt scored England's first try at Twickenham last December.

England face New Zealand in the final of the QBE international series match of the autumn at Twickenham.

Where to Watch

Kick-off is at 2:30pm and is live on Sky Sports 2HD on Saturday 16 November.

Live commentary is available on BBC Radio Five Live. Highlights are on BBC Three at 7pm and repeated on Sunday, 17 November on BBC Two at 1:30pm


With the No.2 position in the International Rugby Board world rankings up for grabs, England aim to repeat the heroics of 11 months ago by defeating world champions New Zealand for a second successive time at Twickenham.

The All Blacks were overwhelmed by a record England win last December and have revenge on their mind as they go in search of a 13th consecutive win in 2013.

Aside from talk of avenging the defeat last year, New Zealand's only loss in 32 matches, much focus has been on how motivational messages to the travelling squad were exposed in the English press this week.

The breach has overshadowed the week leading up to fly-half Dan Carter winning his 100th international cap, with English media refused access to the 31-year-old in the lead up to this weekend's test.

While England's preparations have been far less disrupted, they have once again been damaged by injury. Mako Vunipola, who missed the win over Argentina, is out with a knee problem while Joe Marler, who will start at loose-head, was concussed last Saturday.

Fellow prop Alex Corbisiero is also out after undergoing knee surgery, leaving his Six Nations participation in the balance. Dylan Hartley does however win his 50th cap.

Dan Cole in for David Wilson in the front row is the only change to an England side which concedes a substantial depth of experience to their New Zealand counterparts. With Carter set to become the fourth centurion of the current setup, the visitors can boast 959 international caps in their matchday squad.

Julian Savea, who scored in vein at Twickenham last year, replaces Cory Jane in the only change from the win over France. Ritchie McCaw once again leads New Zealand.


England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Chris Ashton,13 Joel Tomkins, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 Ben Foden, 10 Owen Farrell, Lee Dickson, 1 Joe Marler, 2 Dylan Hartley, 3 Dan Cole, 4 Joe Launchbury, 5 Courtney Lawes, 6 Tom Wood, 7 Chris Robshaw, 8 Billy Vunipola

Replacements: 16 Tom Youngs, 17 Matt Mullan, 18 David Wilson, 19 Geoff Parling, 20 Ben Morgan, 21 Ben Youngs, 22 Toby Flood, 23 Alex Goode

New Zealand: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Charles Piutau, 13 Ben Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Dan Carter, Aaron Smith, 1 Tony Woodcock, 2 Keven Mealamu, 3 Owen Franks, 4 Sam Whitelock, 5 Brodie Retallick, 6 Liam Messam, 7 Richie McCaw (capt), 8 Kieran Read.

Replacements: Dane Coles, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Luke Romano, Steven Luatua, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Aaron Cruden, Ryan Crotty

What the coaches say:

Stuart Lancaster: "It's a great achievement for Dylan to reach 50 caps. We are a young side but one that is growing with every game and it's important to have leaders like Dylan.

"We have had some enforced changes with Alex and Mako Vunipola unavailable and we have been unable to consider a number of players due to short- and long-term injuries.

"But we are ready for the challenge of playing a top quality side in New Zealand and are excited about playing at Twickenham. The atmosphere was amazing for this game last year - the crowd made a real difference and I'm sure they can help inspire us again on Saturday."

Steve Hansen: "This is a Test match we are very much looking forward to.

"We were completely outplayed by them last year but this is an opportunity for us to see if we have improved our game to the point where we can be competitive. The players are excited because this is what Test rugby is all about.

"We are expecting a really physical game with huge intensity, but also a game that will have high levels of energy, pace and skills.

"We know the England coaching staff have done a lot of homework so this may be a game where we add a few new things they haven't seen before."