Listen: 'England would beat the All Blacks'
RugbyPass’s Jim Hamilton has made a bold claim heading into the November international period, saying that England currently would have the wood on the World Champion All Blacks.
“I think England would win.” he said on an interview with Radio Sport NZ’s Martin Devlin.
“I think that the players England have got now, and I’m saying this more on a superficial level because I haven’t seen enough Super Rugby to comment on the standard, the Champions Cup rugby that the likes of Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje, the level they’ve been playing is through the roof in terms of intensity and in terms of class.”
While it somewhat of a moot point - the two teams are not playing one another till the end of next year - Hamilton’s views are somewhat pertinent given the up and down nature of the All Blacks performances this season. After failing to beat a British & Irish Lions side that came to New Zealand as heavy underdogs, the side then went on to post record victories against the Wallabies and Springboks. Then, they almost fell to the Boks in a thriller in Cape Town then were beaten by a resurgent Wallaby outfit last weekend in Brisbane.
Meanwhile, the English capped off a dominant last season in the Northern Hemisphere by winning the 6 Nations and tying the world record for test wins in a row.
Hamilton is just as excited as anyone to see the two teams finally clash at Twickenham next year.
“It would be interesting to see in a year’s time where New Zealand are as a team. England will be better again. Hopefully New Zealand will be better again and it would make for an unbelievable game. But I think if they were to play this autumn, I think England are probably the form team in the world.”
Listen to the full interview here: