NEW ZEALAND will play the Barbarians at Twickenham on November 4 after plans for England to face the world champions failed to come to fruition.
Eddie Jones’ Six Nations winners had hoped to play the All Blacks in a hastily arranged November Test.
But the Barbarians received Rugby Football Union approval to play Israel Dagg (pictured) and his New Zealand team-mates at the venue where they retained the world title in October 2015. A statement said: ‘The Barbarian FC today received approval to stage the Barbarians v New Zealand match.
‘The Barbarians approached the RFU last month with a request to stage this fixture at Twickenham and the request has been granted, replacing a Barbarians v Australia match previously approved.’