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New date for New Zealand's trip to Twickenham

01 April 2010

  • England rearrange Twickenham clash with All Blacks
  • New Zealand will now be first of four 2010 Investec Internationals

New Zealand perform the haka at Twickenham in 2009

Photo: Getty Images

England will now kick off the 2010 Investec Internationals against New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on November 6.

The contest for the Hillary Shield has been brought forward from December 4 following the agreement of Premier Rugby Limited and the Professional Game Board.

This year's overall Investec International schedule is now as follows:

  • November 6: England v New Zealand (2.30pm)
  • November 13: England v Australia (2.30pm)
  • November 20: England v Samoa (2.30pm)
  • November 27: England v South Africa (2.30pm)

The MasterCard Trophy game between the Barbarians and 2007 Rugby World Cup winners South Africa will take place on Saturday, December 4 (2.30pm), a day earlier than previously scheduled.

RFU Business Operations Director Paul Vaughan said: "We're delighted that Premier Rugby Limited and the Professional Game Board have approved the change which completes a superb series of games at Twickenham Stadium this autumn.

"As a consequence of this schedule change we have also been able to move the MasterCard Trophy Barbarians v South Africa match from Sunday to the Saturday on the first weekend of December.

"Five consecutive Saturday games all kicking off at 2.30pm will be good for our supporters, our broadcast partners and the game as a whole."

Ticketing details for the games will be announced in due course.