England vs New Zealand LIVE: Rugby result and reaction as England complete incredible comeback to snatch draw

England came back from the brink to snatch a remarkable draw with the All Blacks  (REUTERS)
England came back from the brink to snatch a remarkable draw with the All Blacks (REUTERS)

England burgled an outrageous 25-25 draw from New Zealand after being out of the running for most of the match, a late brace from Will Stuart helping them to a result which will nonetheless do little to quieten coach Eddie Jones’s critics.

Flanker Dalton Papali’i opened the scoring for New Zealand after just four minutes, appearing to read an English strike play off the tail of their lineout and intercepting Jack van Poortvliet’s pass to run 45 metres untouched. They added a second minutes later, Codie Taylor bundling over from a lineout after England were penalised at the scrum, and the hosts were in bad shape at 0-14 down inside ten minutes.

With England’s attack misfiring all day while New Zealand were for the most part clinical, adding a third through Rieko Ioane, it took until the final 10 minutes for some encouragement for the fractious home fans.

With seemingly nothing to lose, England exploded out of nowhere, Marcus Smith skipping through a gap to set up a close-range Stuart try and Freddie Steward rounding off a free-flowing attack to add another. The Twickenham crowd were delirious when Stuart went over again in the final minute, with Smith converting to complete a remarkable comeback.

Relive all from the autumn international between England and the All Blacks below:

England vs New Zealand

  • FULL-TIME! England 25-25 New Zealand

  • England complete remarkable comeback from 25-6 down with nine minutes to go to snatch a draw

  • 79’ - TRY! Stuart barrels over again to incredibly tie it up (ENG 25-25 NZL)

  • 74’ - TRY! Steward finishes off brilliant move including Ribbans exquisite offload (ENG 18-25 NZL)

  • 72’ - TRY! Stuart awarded try after long review to give England hope (ENG 11-25 NZL)

  • 50’ - TRY! Ioane scores scintillating, long-range try (ENG 6-22 NZL)

  • 9’ - TRY! Taylor burrows overs to extend All Blacks lead (ENG 0-14 NZL)

  • 4’ - TRY! Papali’i canters in for interception try (ENG 0-7 NZL)

F/T: England 25-25 New Zealand

19:34 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Should England have played on at the end? Given where they were, a draw is perfectly commendable, but they had been tearing New Zealand’s 14-man defence asunder, and the All Blacks had just lost their best defensive scrum-half.

F/T: England 25-25 New Zealand

19:31 , Harry Latham-Coyle

New Zealand will be wondering quite how they managed to throw that away. They switched off slightly after the Beauden Barrett drop goal, allowing England to make an immediate break that cost them both a try and a man when Barrett failed to fully release.

It looked at one stage like Ian Foster’s side were going to run away with it. Their winning run ends at six games, a mixed year concluding in fittingly odd fashion.

F/T: England 25-25 New Zealand

19:29 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Where do you even start with that? England were pretty awful for 70 minutes, short of control and incredibly profligate in New Zealand territory, but struck thrice in the final ten minutes to snatch a remarkable draw. Will Stuart, making his first appearance of the autumn after injury, was the unexpected scorer of a vital double as the hosts came to life as they seemed to be nearing death’s door.

This was the Freddie Steward score that came between the two Stuart tries. How about that moment of dextrous genius from Dave Ribbans on just his second cap?


19:23 , Harry Latham-Coyle

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England 25-25 New Zealand, 80 minutes

19:22 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Problems for New Zealand. TJ Perenara has tweaked an ankle and David Havili is on. They have no scrum half.

Can England capitalise? They take the restart...and Marcus Smith kicks into the stands!

Boos, big boos from the crowd - it’s a draw!

TRY! ENGLAND 25-25 New Zealand (Will Stuart try, 80 minutes)

19:20 , Harry Latham-Coyle

An unlikely English hero!

Henry Slade and Guy Porter had make the initial burst up the right, but it was the replacement tighthead there again to capitalise.

Marcus Smith converts - it’s 25 apiece with less than a minute to go.

Try? Has Will Stuart got another?

19:19 , Harry Latham-Coyle

The prop crashes over and Mathieu Raynal awards it initially, but the French referee wants to make certain...

England 18-25 New Zealand, 78 minutes

19:18 , Harry Latham-Coyle

New Zealand’s maul wastes another 45 seconds, and Jordie Barrett carries hard and straight.

But the All Blacks kick the ball away and England will have a chance.

England 18-25 New Zealand, 77 minutes

19:17 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Was that the right option? A curious moment from Ben Youngs, who has largely been good since he came on. The scrum-half lifts an entirely aimless box kick up the left touchline with no-one in particular there to pursue it.

England then infringe. Three minutes to play.

England 18-25 New Zealand, 76 minutes

19:16 , Harry Latham-Coyle

How quickly things can swing. Twickenham, so lifeless five minutes or so ago, is now roaring England on, and the home players are rising to the challenge. They win a penalty on their own ten-metre line as a New Zealand tackler fails to roll away.

TRY! ENGLAND 18-25 New Zealand (Freddie Steward try, 75 minutes)

19:15 , Harry Latham-Coyle

And Freddie Steward bounds over on the right!

New Zealand’s 14-men never recovered from the Ribbans offload. Ben Youngs cleverly goes blind as most of his teammates rush to the left, and Steward makes unimpeded passage to the line.

Marcus Smith converts!

England 11-25 New Zealand, 74 minutes

19:14 , Harry Latham-Coyle

But there is belief about England! They attack from deep, making metres up the left.

Dave Ribbans! That’s an extraordinary offload over the top to put a back into space...

TRY! ENGLAND 11-25 New Zealand (Will Stuart try, 72 minutes)

19:11 , Harry Latham-Coyle

The officials took their time but the try is awarded!

A long, long check but the final outcome is five points to Will Stuart’s name on his return - and a glimmer of hope for England.

Marcus Smith’s conversion good. The hosts remain two converted scores in arrears.

England 6-25 New Zealand, 71 minutes

19:11 , Harry Latham-Coyle

It is very, very close, but I’m not sure that Will Stuart has managed to get that down.

Or has he? Richie Mo’unga arrived to knock the ball back towards the field of play, but the officials seem to think the ball is on the line as it hits the grass...

YELLOW CARD! Beauden Barrett is sent to the sin bin! England 6-25 New Zealand, 71 minutes

19:08 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Time for a late twist? Marcus Smith makes a brilliant break up the left and Beauden Barrett’s failure to release before contesting means he will spend the remainder of this contest on the naughty step.

Mathieu Raynal wants to check a potential grounding, though. Might England have got the ball down?

DROP GOAL! England 6-25 NEW ZEALAND (Beauden Barrett drop goal, 71 minutes)

19:06 , Harry Latham-Coyle

New Zealand win two more penalties from lineouts on the right.

With advantage coming, Beauden Barrett says why not? His drop goal is perfect. New Zealand extend their lead.

England 6-22 New Zealand, 68 minutes

19:05 , Harry Latham-Coyle

England kick to the corner.

Down comes Maro Itoje in a heap with a blast of Mathieu Raynal’s whistle...penalty New Zealand’s way! The crowd voice their disapproval but the second row was thrown across into the All Blacks’ defensive lineout - how profligate have England been in the 22 this evening?

Guy Porter has replaced Jack Nowell on England’s right wing.

England 6-22 New Zealand, 67 minutes

19:03 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Nearly a much-needed strike for England! Off the top of the lineout, Owen Farrell produces a lovely inside ball to Jonny May, who in turn finds Tom Curry on his shoulder after being knocked slightly off kilter.

The All Blacks somehow prevent Maro Itoje and Billy Vunipola scoring up the blindside, but infringe.

With advantage, Marcus Smith kicks crossfield for Freddie Steward...but Beauden Barrett manages to do just enough to prevent the full-back gathering.

England 6-22 New Zealand, 66 minutes

19:01 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Richie Mo’unga cleverly jinks away from Ben Youngs as the scrum-half tries to charge down his clearance, affording him the time to clear in greater comfort.

Jack Willis is on for Sam Simmonds in the England back row.

England 6-22 New Zealand, 64 minutes

19:00 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Twickenham boos - another knock on in a promising position from England! They hadn’t really threatened the New Zealand defence in six phases, all higgledy piggledy as they tried to force the ball wide having failed to collapse the interior All Blacks defence. Marcus Smith knocks on as he goes it alone with an immediate transfer to men waiting on the left very much cut off.

Dave Ribbans replaces Jonny Hill in the second row. Hill’s dropped head shakes from side to side as he leaves the field.

England 6-22 New Zealand, 62 minutes

18:58 , Harry Latham-Coyle

New Zealand are now kicking almost every possession away, in a position of such strength with 20 minutes to go.

Freddie Steward’s high bomb isn’t particularly easy on the eye but the full-back wins the ball back in the air. A wide pass forces Henry Slade to stoop and collect, the replacement somehow clutching at his toes, and New Zealand are slow to vacate the space near Ben Youngs. They are duly penalised; England return to the opposition red zone.

England 6-22 New Zealand, 60 minutes

18:55 , Harry Latham-Coyle

At last Twickenham is allowed a chance to excite with Jonny May given the ball in the open field. May angles in and then cuts upfield between a pair of tiring New Zealand forwards.

But the All Blacks’ own fast men combine to win a penalty. Caleb Clarke takes May at the knees, sending him sliding towards Mark Telea, who latches over the top. May can only cling on.

England 6-22 New Zealand, 59 minutes

18:54 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A vital intervention from Ardie Savea! Crikey is the number eight good, everywhere in the latest defensive stand from New Zealand, bouncing back to his feet to pick his moment to pick through the bits of a messy English ruck and win a holding on penalty.

England 6-22 New Zealand, 57 minutes

18:52 , Harry Latham-Coyle

An entirely new front row for England, with messrs. George, M.Vunipola and Stuart called in.

Jordie Barrett leaves George flat on his back with a mightily physical carry, but when big brother Scott tries to do something similar to Tom Curry, the blindside flanker is felled and left prone, forcing a teammate to go off their feet. Penalty to England.

England 6-22 New Zealand, 55 minutes

18:50 , Harry Latham-Coyle

It’s all gone a little flat at Twickenham with the All Blacks in control. New Zealand attack from the back of a scrum, playing to the left, but Owen Farrell marks Richie Mo’unga’s arc perfectly, wrestling the fly-half to floor.

Tom Curry spots a ruck left vacant by the All Blacks and begins to harry Aaron Smith, who flicks a wild NFL-style snap into the referee behind him. Scrum, New Zealand ball.

Here is that stunning Rieko Ioane try:

England 6-22 New Zealand, 53 minutes

18:47 , Harry Latham-Coyle

That is that for Van Poortvliet, who has endured a tough 50 minutes or so. Ben Youngs is on in his place at scrum half.

There is another change, and a slightly more surprising one - Manu Tuilagi, who has carried impressively but been glimpsed perhaps too frequently, takes leave with Henry Slade on in the centres.

England 6-22 New Zealand, 53 minutes

18:45 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Another chance missed by England! Owen Farrell delivers a lovely miss ball at the line, putting Luke Cowan-Dickie into a hole. Jordie Barrett snares his shoelaces, and England look to play with haste, but Jack van Poortvliet’s arm is snared as he tries to release the pass and the ball spills forward.

TRY! England 6-22 NEW ZEALAND (Rieko Ioane try, 50 minutes)

18:41 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Simply sensational!

Utter, utter brilliance from the All Blacks, who go virtually the length of the field. Sam Simmonds knocks on as he carries into a brace of New Zealand forwards.

Advantage is coming, and New Zealand play. Beauden Barrett steps into first receiver and spots space on the left for Caleb Clarke to run into. Barrett’s kick is perfect, allowing Clarke to rush in, gather, and drop a deft little switch ball to Rieko Ioane.

From there, it is pure gas. Ioane has Manu Tuilagi well beaten and sears up the left touchline, beating a covering Jonny May on the angle to slide into the corner.

England 6-17 New Zealand, 48 minutes

18:40 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Not for the first time this evening, a punted penalty fails to find touch. England return to New Zealand and Mark Telea, who flings in field.

The All Blacks are penalised for offside as Beauden Barrett slices his up-and-under towards a group of retreating forwards, who fail to traipse back quite far enough.

England 6-17 New Zealand, 47 minutes

18:39 , Harry Latham-Coyle

New Zealand put their maul to work, the carriages latching on as the locomotive pulls out of the station and making quick progress up the right. England come in from the side to knock it off the rails.

England 6-17 New Zealand, 45 minutes

18:38 , Harry Latham-Coyle

England’s forwards bash on the door, punching away close in. Maro Itoje goes close, but is ruled just short.

Up goes Mathieu Raynal’s arm, the crowd roaring their approval...but it’s for a New Zealand penalty! England seal off with All Black jackalers in position to pounce, and it’s another chance gone for the hosts.

England 6-17 New Zealand, 44 minutes

18:36 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Away goes Manu Tuilagi! A delightful delay from Marcus Smith to put the centre into a gap and Tuilagi charges to within five metres.

A brave, technically sound tackle to halt him, but England have a penalty.

Luke Cowan-Dickie taps it quickly!

England 6-17 New Zealand, 43 minutes

18:35 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Another penalty for the home side. Jack Nowell taps back a high kick and Ardie Savea can’t resist swiping his paw through the cookie jar with the lid left slightly open. Mathieu Raynal whistles him for arriving at the side; England kick codwn to the New Zealand 22.

PENALTY! ENGLAND 6-17 New Zealand (Marcus Smith penalty, 42 minutes)

18:33 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Smith strikes cleanly through the back of the ball.

England 3-17 New Zealand, 41 minutes

18:32 , Harry Latham-Coyle

New Zealand hoist Brodie Retallick to take the restart, which tumbles down just outside the New Zealand 22.

Joy right away for England - a breakdown penalty won by Tom Curry. Owen Farrell looks towards the posts, but he won’t be the one to kick it - that leg issue is sufficiently bothersome to necessitate a switch of kicker to Marcus Smith, who is also very proficient from the tee.

Second half

18:31 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Owen Farrell doesn’t appear to be moving totally freely, but the England captain has the ball in his hands and is ready to restart the action.

It looks like the 46 who started the match remain for the start of the second 40 mintues. Off we go!

H/T: England 3-17 New Zealand

18:30 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Will Eddie Jones stick or twist? We’ll see if Owen Farrell’s leg is anything more than just some discomfort, but England’s midfield hasn’t quite clicked so far. Jones has both Guy Porter and Henry Slade on the bench - might there also be merit in moving Freddie Steward to the wing to counter New Zealand’s cross-kick heavy strategy? Slade performed impressively at full back off the bench last week, admittedly in very different circumstances.

More of the same will suit New Zealand. It’s been good from the All Blacks so far. The players are beginning to make their way back out there.

H/T: England 3-17 New Zealand

18:25 , Harry Latham-Coyle

It’s been a pretty difficult half for Jack van Poortvliet. New Zealand look to have targeted the scrum-half, with their loose forwards hard up around the corner and in his face whenever they can, and England not doing a great job at protecting their nine.

This, though, was not entirely Van Poortvliet’s fault. England started that tail pod so far back that it telegraphed a back ball, with only one passing option. A smart plucking with the tweezers from Dalton Papali’i, and New Zealand were away.

H/T: England 3-17 New Zealand

18:22 , Harry Latham-Coyle

England are rather fortunate not to be further behind after a first half which the All Blacks largely controlled. New Zealand have looked dangerous every time they’ve had the ball, using their physicality in the tight to knock England back and force errors which have come rather too readily for Eddie Jones’ liking.

The hosts squandered their two best chances deep in New Zealand territory and, having promised an energetic start, the manner in which the opening try was surrendered to Dalton Papali’i will not please Jones at all.


18:19 , Harry Latham-Coyle

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PENALTY! England 3-17 NEW ZEALAND (Jordie Barrett penalty, 41 minutes)

18:18 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Jordie Barrett closes the half with three more New Zealand points.

England 3-14 New Zealand, 40 minutes

18:16 , Harry Latham-Coyle

The England captain had been down clutching his leg early in that passage of play, but rejoined his teammates in the line, and it looks like he will continue.

Sam Whitelock points to the posts.

England 3-14 New Zealand, 39 minutes

18:14 , Harry Latham-Coyle

New Zealand’s attack is sharp and intricate, England battling to recover as New Zealand repearedly win the gainline. Mark Telea shakes off Van Poortvliet’s attentions and Richie Mo’unga twice steps out of tckles to keep the momentum building.

A penalty coming, but the All Blacks fancy more. Space on the left - dropped cold by Jordie Barrett! Aaron Smith’s pass was almost too sharp, hitting the inside centre before he’d properly readied himself with the line seemingly at his mercy.

England survive, but New Zealand will have that penalty. And Owen Farrell is down receiving treatment...

England 3-14 New Zealand, 37 minutes

18:11 , Harry Latham-Coyle

This is probably the toughest test of Jack van Poortvliet’s young career, and the scrum-half is struggling a little. Scott Barrett has plenty of time to ready his charge down with the Leicester nine not assembling any blocking bodies, and Barrett smothers his kick.

New Zealand earn a penalty and return to the England half, from where they launch a maul.

England 3-14 New Zealand, 36 minutes

18:10 , Harry Latham-Coyle

And that’s a bit of a let off for England - New Zealand fail to throw the lineout and are free kicked.

Owen Farrell kicks the free kick out up near halfway. Codie Taylor needs a new set of arrows - his latest dart drifts off line.

England 3-14 New Zealand, 35 minutes

18:09 , Harry Latham-Coyle

England’s scrum is solid, though the option to go blind rather less so. Jonny May is isolated and momentum is lost - and to make matters worse for the home side, May was up too soon to take Jack van Poortvliet’s pass. Offside penalty for New Zealand.

England 3-14 New Zealand, 34 minutes

18:08 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Ethan de Groot asks Mathieu Raynal to look more closely at Kyle Sinckler’s bind as he prepares for the next scrummaging engagement. Down it goes, and Raynal swaps sides before the reset to have a slightly more detailed look.

England 3-14 New Zealand, 33 minutes

18:07 , Harry Latham-Coyle

The All Blacks are looking pretty menacing every time they spot a sliver of open space. Their latest cross-kick lands in the hands of Rieko Ioane, who offloads to Jordie Barrett.

Barrett in turn finds Mark Telea, and Aaron Smith is there in support, too. Ioane is quickly up with him, but can’t gather a blind pop inside cleanly, Owen Farrell’s firm challenge to the centre’s ribs ensuring that the ball hits the deck. England scrum feed.

England 3-14 New Zealand, 32 minutes

18:05 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Mathieu Raynal has advice for both front rows as the scrum goes down. It works, the second attempt much more stable, allowing Billy Vunipola space to stomp up the blindside.

England 3-14 New Zealand, 31 minutes

18:03 , Harry Latham-Coyle

But the lineout throw that comes as a result of it is off-line, drifting to the England side. It is clawed back acrobatically by Sam Whitelock, but England will have the scrum. You’d question the benefit the All Blacks enjoyed from the askew nature of the throw, but it definitely wasn’t straight.

England 3-14 New Zealand, 30 minutes

18:02 , Harry Latham-Coyle

New Zealand’s stumpier forwards capitalise on the work of their tall trees by winning a scrum penalty.

England 3-14 New Zealand, 28 minutes

18:01 , Harry Latham-Coyle

There’s that maul defence! Tom Curry is engulfed by Sam Whitelock and Brodie Retallick, more than 240 caps and plenty of sinewy muscle wrapping up the ball-carrier and winning turnover ball.

England 3-14 New Zealand, 27 minutes

17:59 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Disappointed oohs from the crowd as Owen Farrell fails to find touch with a penalty after Jonny May had been taken high in the tackle.

Farrell gets another go almost immediately afterwards, this time on the right after Rieko Ioane hared off too soon in pursuit of a New Zealand kick. Offside; England return to the All Blacks 22.

England 3-14 New Zealand, 26 minutes

17:58 , Harry Latham-Coyle

England on the board, then, but New Zealand will be much more pleased with how these opening skirmishes have gone. England have looked punchy in phase play but have failed to capitalise fully on a couple of chances in the opposition 22 - the All Blacks, by contrast, were perfectly accurate with this maul:

PENALTY! ENGLAND 3-14 New Zealand (Owen Farrell penalty, 25 minutes)

17:57 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Having spurned an opportunity for points earlier, Owen Farrell says it is time for England to get on the board - he kicks through the three points from the tee.

England 0-14 New Zealand, 23 minutes

17:56 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A restless energy amongst the crowd gives way to a cry of heave as Jack van Poortvliet feeds the scrum. The English pack oblige, earning a penalty for a knee on the floor.

England 0-14 New Zealand, 21 minutes

17:55 , Harry Latham-Coyle

The All Blacks fancy a length-of-the-field number. Brodie Retallick, their centurion this evening, gallops up the right like a giraffe in open savannah, deftly evading two tacklers.

But a loose pass from Richie Mo’unga travels forward. England scrum deep in New Zealand territory.

England 0-14 New Zealand, 20 minutes

17:54 , Harry Latham-Coyle

England lineout inside the New Zealand 22. Efficiently done, and Sam Simmonds carries strongly.

More like it from the hosts. Energy and intensity from their carriers, Maro Itoje with a heavyweight left hook around the corner.

The ball spills free! Another chance goes awry for England in the shadow of New Zealand’s posts!

England 0-14 New Zealand, 19 minutes

17:52 , Harry Latham-Coyle

New Zealand slow things down, taking their time over a couple of midfield rucks as their playmakers ponder the options. A high hoist it will be again, off the boot of Beauden Barrett in the direction of brother Jordie.

The ball tumbles free from tangled hands white and black, but Mathieu Raynal is bringing the players back - Aaron Smith advanced from an offside position and it will be an England penalty.

No try! England 0-14 New Zealand, 17 minutes

17:50 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Rieko Ioane has scuppered his own score! It’s pretty clear on the replay, the centre around the neck of Owen Farrell at a ruck on the right after Mark Telea had been very, very well felled by Manu Tuilagi.

England 0-14 New Zealand, 16 minutes

17:48 , Harry Latham-Coyle

New Zealand on the attack again! The ball is clearly out as Jack van Poortvliet dallies at the base, and Ardie Savea sternly investigates the scrum-half’s lower vertebrae, forcing it free.

Space for the All Blacks - Rieko Ioane crashes over! But has there been a neck roll in the build up?...

England 0-14 New Zealand, 15 minutes

17:46 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Again New Zealand look to the air, Caleb Clarke once more the target with Jordie Barrett this time the deliverer. England have adjusted, though, the rather loftier Freddie Steward there to defuse Barrett’s bomb. England lineout 15 metres from their own line.

England 0-14 New Zealand, 14 minutes

17:45 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A leaping Jonny May ensures that the New Zealand punt misses touch, but Richie Mo’unga makes amends after Codie Taylor earns a penalty at a midfield breakdown.

England 0-14 New Zealand, 13 minutes

17:44 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Can England puncture this All Blacks maul defence? It is now schooled by Jason Ryan, whose Crusaders have proved so effective at countering the drive in the last few years.

They cannot! An issue on set-up, with lifters in front of the jumper as he comes to floor and a penalty to New Zealand.

England 0-14 New Zealand, 12 minutes

17:43 , Harry Latham-Coyle

England come to life for the first time in this contest. Manu Tuilagi and Ellis Genge carry with typical fury, with Jonny May nearly slithering free of Mark Telea, too. Kyle Sinckler twice rumbles with intent.

New Zealand are offside. Penalty to England, and a choice to be made - it’s eminently kickable but 100-capper Owen Farrell will direct his forwards to the corner.

England 0-14 New Zealand, 11 minutes

17:42 , Harry Latham-Coyle

New Zealand have clearly identified something in the English wing defence, Jack Nowell again targeted with a cross-kick. This time the Exeter wing does rather better, hitting Caleb Clarke as he lands and buffeting him into touch.

TRY! England 0-14 NEW ZEALAND (Codie Taylor try, 9 minutes)

17:39 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A rumbling black mass and Codie Taylor is over!

Muscular and meaty from New Zealand, driving right through the English maul defence. Scott Barrett barks orders as the periscope at the centre of it, roaring his delight as Codie Taylor just about manages to get the ball down.

Jordie Barrrett thumps his conversion through the uprights from a left-of-centre position - New Zealand’s start gets even better.

England 0-7 New Zealand, 8 minutes

17:38 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Penalty to New Zealand. Kyle Sinckler is ruled to have hinged on the engagement of the first scrum.

The All Blacks go to the corner.

England 0-7 New Zealand, 7 minutes

17:38 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Real signs of danger for England here. Richie Mo’unga lifts a well-judged cross-kick to Caleb Clarke, who takes in comfort and matadors away from Jack Nowell’s bull-like charge, advancing into the England 22.

Marcus Smith makes a firm tackle but New Zealand keep the ball in play, and England knock on.

England 0-7 New Zealand, 6 minutes

17:36 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Rather telegraphed from England, that, and very sharp from Papali’i to read it. He’s been excellent in recent weeks, the openside, and is really now pushing regular skipper Sam Cane for the starting spot.

The All Blacks will feed a scrum after a knock on at the base.

TRY! England 0-7 NEW ZEALAND (Dalton Papali’i try, 4 minutes)

17:34 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Intercepted and Dalton Papali’i will canter away!

A gift from England. Their lineout throw is long, over the 15-metre line, permitting New Zealand’s defence to advance. Papali’i rushes up to snatch Jack van Poortvliet’s pass out of the air, puts his foot down and gets New Zealand off to an excellent start with a slide beneath the posts.

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England 0-0 New Zealand, 3 minutes

17:33 , Harry Latham-Coyle

An exasperated sigh from the home fans as Jack van Poortvliet launches a relatively aimless box kick after England had won turnover ball inside the New Zealand half. Jordie Barrett collects and claims a mark.

England 0-0 New Zealand, 2 minutes

17:32 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Scott Barrett at the tail is the target of Codie Taylor’s first lineout throw, the ball not clean but Dalton Papali’i able to clear up.

Fast pla from New Zealand, with both centres to the fore. Rieko Ioane carries off Jordie Barrett’s pass and then the youngs Barrett makes a half-break.

England regather, though, and force a knock on, allowing Marcus Smith to hook a clearance long.

England 0-0 New Zealand, 1 minute

17:31 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Maro Itoje is up well to claim the stabbed kick off.

Ellis Genge delivers an early statement of intent, thumping Sam Whitelock after a long English clearance, but the hosts are offside.


17:30 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Mathieu Raynal blasts his whistle and away we go!

Kick off nears

17:29 , Harry Latham-Coyle

France’s Mathieu Raynal will oversee things this evening, called in early in the week after Nic Berry was forced to return to Australia for personal reasons. Brian MacNeice is the TMO.

England in white, New Zealand in black. Richie Mo’unga will get things started.


17:28 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Twickenham launches in to familiar refrain as the All Blacks assemble for the haka, drowning out New Zealand’s own challenge. The English players gather together, arms over shoulders, presenting a united front. No formational tomfoolery this time - just deep stares into their opponents’ eyes.


17:26 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Two powerful renditions of the anthems, Twickenham in strong voice as it emphasises the final notes of “God Save the King”.

England vs New Zealand

17:23 , Harry Latham-Coyle

The ground rises for the national anthems.

England vs New Zealand

17:22 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Flamethrowers, fireworks and The White Stripes to stir the crowd as the two sets of players ready themselves in the tunnel. Owen Farrell and Brodie Retallick emerge together, each celebrating cap number 100.

Out come the rest of them to a great roar.

England vs New Zealand

17:19 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Twickenham is jumping this evening, the first late game of the autumn and some well-oiled fans filling the stands. There’s a real big-match feel to this one - a win for either side would feel a real achievement and evidence of progress with less than a year to go until the World Cup.

Team News - New Zealand

17:18 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Having played around a little with his selection for the Scotland game last week, Ian Foster names a full-strength side for the final All Blacks game of the year. Brodie Retallick is back available after suspension and is straight back into the starting side. Retallick wins his 100th cap in the second row alongside captain Sam Whitelock, the pair locking in partnership for the 64th time, surpassing Bakkies Botha and Victor Matfield’s record tally. Scott Barrett moves to blindside flanker.

Richie Mo’unga returns to partner Aaron Smith in the halves, while Jordie Barrett is back in the inside centre shirt he is starting to make his own – Barrett and Rieko Ioane’s battle with Owen Farrell and Manu Tuilagi could be key. Mark Telea, a two-try debutant last week, remains on the right wing

New Zealand XV: E de Groot, C Taylor, T Lomax; B Retallick, S Whitelock (capt.), S Barrett, D Papali’i, A Savea; A Smith, R Mo’unga; C Clarke, J Barrett, R Ioane, M Telea; B Barrett.

Replacements: S Taukei’aho, G Bower, N Laulala, S Frizell, H Sotutu; TJ Perenara, D Havili, A Lienert-Brown

Team News - England

17:18 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Owen Farrell becomes just England’s third male centurion, captaining the side from inside centre and reunited with Manu Tuilagi, who steps into the starting line-up after a 20-minute “top-up” off the bench against Japan. Jack Nowell was a late scratch last week but his abdominal injury has healed, while Jack van Poortvliet retains his place ahead of Ben Youngs at scrum-half.

Up front, the balance of the back row catches the eye – Eddie Jones has suggested that his preference for a third proficient lineout jumper may be less critical this week, perhaps recalling how Tom Curry and Sam Underhill so dismantled New Zealand in Yokohama in 2019. Sam Simmonds thus starts on the flank for the first time at international level, with Maro Itoje one row further forward than he has been the last two weeks.Will Stuart is fit to make a return on the bench.

England XV: E Genge, L Cowan-Dickie, K Sinckler; M Itoje, J Hill; S Simmonds, T Curry, B Vunipola; J van Poortvliet, M Smith; J May, O Farrell (capt.), M Tuilagi, J Nowell; F Steward.

Replacements: J George, M Vunipola, W Stuart, D Ribbans, J Willis; B Youngs, H Slade, G Porter

Full time! Scotland 52-29 Argentina

17:17 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A fine send-off for Scotland as they conclude their 2022, the Murrayfield crowd enthralled by a day of delightful dancing from their side. Finn Russell starred, with Sione Tuipulotu and Darcy Graham joining in on the frolics and fun, and that’s a great way to close the year for Gregor Townsend’s side.

Right - swiftly onwards. Action is fast approaching at Twickenham, with the All Blacks visiting for the first time in four years.


17:14 , Harry Latham-Coyle

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TRY! Scotland 52-29 ARGENTINA (Ignacio Ruiz try, 87 minutes)

17:14 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Argentina finish with a flourish!

It matters not beyond the final accounting, but after a sustained spell of phases on the Scottish line, Ignacio Ruiz manages to force through. The conversion adds two more points to the tally - and that’s all she wrote.

Scotland 52-22 Argentina, 85 minutes

17:12 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Argentina are initially repelled, pushed back and forced outside of the Scottish 22. Juan Cruz Mallia bounces away ffrom Blair Kinghorn’s shoulder.

Murphy Walker gets over the ball...penalty to Argentina! Walker looked in strong position there but Karl Dickson wasn’t happy. One more go for Argentina.

YELLOW CARD! Sione Tuipulotu is sent to the sin bin! Scotland 52-22 Argentina, 83 minutes

17:10 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Tuipulotu’s tackle tilts Mallia beyond the horizontal - it’s another yellow.

Scotland 52-22 Argentina, 82 minutes

17:08 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Scotland are wise to the replacement number eight’s threat, and the danger of his burly mates, tooo, forcing Argentina to play wide.

Oof! Juan Cruz Mallia is deposited on his back by Sione Tuipulotu and remains down. Karl Dickson brings proceedings to a halt with his whistle and wanders over for a look at the footage.

Scotland 52-22 Argentina, 80 minutes

17:07 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Time enough for a final Argentina score? Maybe, as Emiliano Boffelli shimmies up the left.

The forwards can’t make much headway but there’s a penalty for Los Pumas. Facundo Isa taps and goes.

Scotland 52-22 Argentina, 79 minutes

17:06 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Scotland are having a bit of an end-of-term party now, flinging the ball about with glee. Stuart Hogg jives between a couple of defenders before Ben White hurls a low pass. Argentina’s ball with a minute left.

TRY! SCOTLAND 52-22 Argentina (Darcy Graham try, 78 minutes)

17:03 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Scotland hit fifty!

A superbly executed strike move from Scotland. Finn Russell takes a pull-back pass, shifting on to Blair Kinghorn, who has the extra horsepower to really stretch the Argentine defence. Kinghorn gets to the outside in the 13 channel, forcing the wing to step in and allowing Graham enough room to slide into the corner.

Scotland 45-22 Argentina, 76 minutes

17:03 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Argentina win a crossing penalty after the restart, but make a hash of the lineout, Jonny Gray playing spoilsport as the visitors eye a last hurrah.

Los Pumas are then pinged at a ruck wide on the left, and some words of complaint sees them marched back a further ten metres.

TRY! SCOTLAND 45-22 Argentina (Stuart Hogg try, 74 minutes)

17:00 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Another pinpoint assist from Finn Russell!

All too easy for Scotland with Argentina really starting to fatigue. The maul constricts their defence, the end-man on the line holds slightly too wide and Russell fizzes a delectable pass for Stuart Hogg to catch and leap for the line.

Scotland 38-22 Argentina, 73 minutes

16:59 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Argentina are restored to 14 and Scotland 15 as the hosts prepare for a five-metre lineout.

Scotland 38-22 Argentina, 72 minutes

16:59 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Scotland fancy a couple more scores to close their 2022. Finn Russell chips ahead, but there’s nothing doing as Argentina hurry around to cover.

Back for a penalty for a tackler failing to roll away.

Scotland 38-22 Argentina, 70 minutes

16:57 , Harry Latham-Coyle

That is Argentina’s hopes of victory extinguished, you’d say, but this has been a good effort since Marcos Kremer’s early sending off. Both Jamie Ritchie and Thomas Gallo remain off for the next couple of minutes.

TRY! SCOTLAND 38-22 Argentina (Cameron Redpath try, 69 minutes)

16:54 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Another delicate assist from Finn Russell and Cameron Redpath has his first try for Scotland!

This really has been a masterclass of creative attacking play. An ailing Argentine defence are short in the backfield and slow off the line, granting Russell the time and space he needs to find a patch of green, gaping grass. His gruber is perfectly weighted, hopping up like an excited puppy into the onrushing Redpath’s arms.

Russell converts, too.

Scotland 31-22 Argentina, 67 minutes

16:53 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Argentina win a penalty but can’t find touch. Sione Tuipulotu takes advantage of some open acreage on the right and Scotland return to the Argentine 22.

Scotland 31-22 Argentina, 66 minutes

16:53 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Finn Russell thumps a low kick up the right, the ball trickling out of play five out from the Argentina line.

Pierre Schoeman is replaced by Jamie Bhatti.

Argentina throw the lineout accurately and clear - but Darcy Graham is in no mood to dally, tossing a quick lineout with Bhatti soon into his carrying work.

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