Any All Black interest about jousting with England and their new coach Eddie Jones will be done from the sidelines for the next few years.

When those clashes resume, probably in late 2017, the All Blacks may have Ian Foster or a new coach leading them after Steve Hansen's probable swansong after a three tests mid-year series against the Lions.

The All Blacks battled past England 24-21 when the sides last met at Twickenham in 2014 before the hosts dropped out of this year's World Cup and the All Blacks pushed on to win the title.

England's test calendar next November is full as they host the Springboks, Fiji, Pumas and the Wallabies while Wales have one available weekend when the All Blacks are reportedly playing Ireland.


The All Blacks have twin tests against Ireland - in Chicago on November 5 then a supposed Dublin rematch on November 19 - but have not announced other games on that tour.

If England and Wales are not available, then the All Blacks are likely to be working on tests with France, Scotland or Italy.

A wildcard could be Georgia who impressed with their commitment and RWC planning from coach Milton Haig after a much more restricted preparation than their rival world number ones. The All Blacks battled against the rugged opposition pack before winning 43-10.

All Blacks 2016 schedule:
June 11, 18, 25; three tests against Wales
August 20 v Australia, Sydney
August 27 v Australia, Wellington
September 10 v Argentina, Hamilton
September 17 v South Africa, Christchurch
October 1 v Argentina, Argentina
October 8 v South Africa, Durban
October 22 v Australia, Auckland.

November 5 v Ireland, Chicago
November 12 - TBC
November 19 v Ireland, Dublin
November 26 - TBC
All Blacks 2017 schedule:
June 3-July 8: Hosting the Lions for 10 games including three tests.