England want to play All Blacks in $5 million showdown

"So we do want to go out there and give it our best chance to be successful so I guess we'll just have to wait and see".

Yet in a frustrating quirk of the worldwide schedule, the game's two in-form teams are not now scheduled to meet until late 2018, with the All Blacks in negotiations to secure a match against the Barbarians in November.

Asked by Sportsmail about plans for the All Blacks to face England, their chief executive Steve Tew said: 'We're playing England next year.

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.

Tew has stated that an extra November fixture was "unlikely" but the RFU were more positive today, stating: "We are scheduled to play New Zealand in 2018 and if an opportunity came up to play them before then we would pursue it".

That would not be a 50-50 split, as New Zealand have been reported as wanting, as the RFU would have to hand over considerable amounts to Premiership clubs, who would have to release their players a week earlier than is been agreed under the current deal.

However the World Cup-winning coach was later forced to go on the defensive when Jones compared him to the Big Bad Wolf. 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.

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.

The All Blacks have a hectic year including hosting the British and Irish Lions, but have been keen on a fourth match on their end of year tour north.

O2 head of sponsorship Gareth Griffiths said: "We believe in live, and using the latest VR technology we can showcase our live experiences to O2 customers in our stores across the country".

"The All Blacks have got nothing to do with us".

England and New Zealand have not met since 2014, when they played four times, but the clamour for the dominant forces in the northern and southern hemispheres to clash is growing.

But Hansen added: "We're not scared to play them".

  • Loretta Pittman