England announce schedule for 2014 tour to New Zealand

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The Rugby Football Union and the New Zealand Rugby Union today announced the dates and venues for England’s three-Test tour in June 2014. The Tests will be on June 7, 14 and 21 in Auckland, Dunedin and Hamilton, with a midweek game against the Crusaders between the 2nd and 3rd Tests.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “To play the World Champions in their own back yard is the ultimate test. We saw in the Rugby Championship and the QBE Internationals what a formidable team and rugby nation New Zealand is.

“This is our final tour before the World Cup and is massively important for us to benchmark ourselves against the number one team in the world. Playing three Tests and a midweek match will give us the opportunity to take 35 to 40 players who will get a chance to lay down a marker 15 months out from the World Cup.”

New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Steve Tew said: “We are very excited to be hosting England next year. England have proven in their recent matches with the All Blacks just how tough an opponent they are so we hope this series will be a huge draw card for fans.

“It’s great to be taking England to Dunedin. I am sure they have plenty of fond memories from their time in there during Rugby World Cup where they played three matches. England and Argentina also had the privilege of being the first nations to enjoy the excellent facilities of Forsyth Barr Stadium during the opening weekend of the World Cup.

“England, like France last year, were keen to add a mid-week match to their itinerary so it’s great that we can provide them a high quality opponent in the Crusaders after the second Test in Dunedin. Given the heritage shared by England and Canterbury, this is sure to be a very special night.”

England tour to New Zealand 2014 (kick-off times to be confirmed)
Saturday, June 7: 1st Test v New Zealand – Eden Park, Auckland
Saturday, June 14: 2nd Test v New Zealand – Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Tuesday, June 17: Crusaders – AMI (Addington) Stadium, Christchurch
Saturday, June 21: 3rd Test v New Zealand – Waikato Stadium, Hamilton

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8 thoughts on “England announce schedule for 2014 tour to New Zealand

  1. “It’s great to be taking England to Dunedin. I am sure they have plenty of fond memories from their time in there during Rugby World Cup”

    Slightly tongue in cheek maybe? Lock up your dwarves England are in town!

    Dismayed over the scheduling farce, France did catch New Zealand a bit cold at the start of the first test this year and doing the same seemed our only hope.

  2. Looking forward to how we fare next summer.

    I don’t want to make myself look foolish my making predictions, but I have some hopes for next summer. Being; a) don’t get thrashed in any match – always be competitive. b) show we can play good rugby. c) win a game in NZ

    First two and musts, my third point is more of a hope.

    1. I’ll make a prediction for next summer. Chris Ashton will still be searching for his best form, but with Banahan on the left wing because everyone else (apart from Simpson-Daniel) is injured, that will take some of the heat away from him.

      Mike Brown will be world player of the year, and still considered not fit to lace Ben Fodens boots (who will still be injured of course).

      Robshaw will still be captain but only because Croft is injured, Hartley is banned and Parling keeps getting tackled by Lawes in training.

      With Saracens and Leicester in the championship final, and Gloucester relegated, Andy Goode will be playing 10 because of Ford’s lack of experience, Botica has usurped Carter, Barrett and Cruden for NZ because England didn’t fancy him, and Cipriani is considering Italy for the same reason.


      1. And Lancaster will believe that the ABs superior culture and self belief (not fitness, pace, power, skill, execution, coaching and gameplan) was the reason for the whitewash.

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