All Blacks vs England: Captain Kieran Read welcomes challenge from much-improved England

All Blacks captain Kieran Read is ready to embrace ‘one of the biggest stages in world rugby’ – playing England at Twickenham.

The All Blacks face England in a one-off test match in what many believe could be the World Cup final next year.

The two sides last met four years ago, when the New Zealanders prevailed 24-21 at the same venue. Read is aware of the threat the English pose.

“Right now, they’re one of the top teams in the world and while they can be quite conservative, it wins games,” he said.

“They have some guys that can be devastating with ball in hand.”

The game kicks off on the eve of Armistice Day, which this year marks its centenary. Read said it would be a memorable occasion.

“On our side of the world, we really look forward to ANZAC day, but here, it’s all about Armistice Day, so to wear the poppy on the jersey is pretty special,” he said.

“It’s something you don’t get to do a lot. It’s one of those occasions you remember across your career. “

Earlier this week, English coach Eddie Jones said that he wanted the Spice Girls to play during the haka.

“For us, the haka is about setting down a challenge,” Read responded. “It’s also about connecting as a team.

“The opposition can do what they like – we will respect what they do.”

Join us for live updates of the All Blacks vs England test from Twickenham at 4am (NZT), Sunday, November 11.

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