The match could take place if various obstacles, such as the distribution of match-day revenues, can be overcome, while the New Zealand Rugby Union will also demand a significant share of the match-day revenues before committing to the fixture. The reigning World Cup holders are now penned in to face the Barbarians on the same date as the one that would suit England, but the prospect of switching that match to one against Eddie Jones's side is now being investigated by the RFU.
However, final confirmation of that game between the world champions and the famous invitational team has been delayed, apparently due to Ritchie's desire to engineer an England versus New Zealand clash instead.
So, it may still depend on whether the world's richest rugby nation are willing to pay that sort of sum to deliver the Test the English public crave, in addition to games against Australia, Argentina and Samoa, which have already been announced.
Jones replied by expressing his wariness of Hansen's approval, noting that compliments from an All Blacks coach are akin to fairytale predator the Big Bad Wolf stalking Little Red Riding Hood.
The NZRU remain cautious about the possibility of the showdown.
"We really enjoyed working in partnership with O2 to develop this unique virtual-reality experience, said England Rugby defence coach Paul Gustard". We look forward to it.' When pressed on whether the next encounter could happen this year, he added: 'Not as our season is now programmed, no.
The Lions is our major focus for this year and extra games at the end of the year can be tough for us, it's always been that way.
While Read's side accounted for Italy 68-10 in Rome, they had to dig deep at the end of the tour to beat Ireland 21-9 in Dublin before scrambling to a 24-19 victory over a resurgent France in Paris. "I hope the experience gives rugby fans and novices alike an insight in to the way we train and the amount of hard work that is involved in being an worldwide rugby player".
"The All Blacks have got nothing to do with us". It will happen and hopefully it will live up to the hype when it does.
"I hope the experience gives rugby fans and novices alike an insight in to the way we train and the amount of hard work that is involved in being an worldwide rugby player". That would be good, wouldn't it?'