Wynne Gray is a Herald columnist

Wynne Gray: Why the All Blacks won't be concerned by England form

The All Blacks won't clash with England until late next year at the earliest. Photo / Greg Bowker
The All Blacks won't clash with England until late next year at the earliest. Photo / Greg Bowker

Can we stop the All Blacks must play England entreaties?

It's a fascinating concept and one which on current form would have the rugby fraternity frothing, but it is not going to happen until the end of next year, at the earliest.

The card this year is full. Once the series with Wales and the Rugby Championship is done, the All Blacks play Ireland in Chicago and Dublin, split by a test against Italy with their last test against France.

Maybe at the end of 2017 when the All Blacks travel north after hosting the Lions in the middle of the year.

That Lions side should have a significant English presence however coach Eddie Jones has once more distanced himself from any coaching on that expedition.

Listen: Ian Jones on the Crowd Goes Wild

After England beat the Wallabies again to take the series in Melbourne, Jones reiterated his plan to take an English development side to Argentina at the same time the Lions travel to New Zealand.

"While it might be nice to do it (the Lions) professionally my job is to make England the best in the world and I am going to do that 100 per cent," Jones told Radio 5 live.

"So unfortunately I am unavailable for the Lions. Absolutely no."

Listen: Nigel Yalden on the Crowd Goes Wild

- NZ Herald

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Wynne Gray is a Herald columnist

The latest commentary and analysis from senior rugby writer Wynne Gray. Wynne has been covering the All Blacks for more than 27 years and has attended more than 230 All Blacks tests live for the Herald.

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