This is the first meeting between the two at the tournament in 20 years, with the All Blacks seeing out a 30-16 victory in the group stages of the 1999 edition.
Both sides progressed to the last four on the back of comfortable quarter-final wins. Whereas Steve Hansen’s men demolished Ireland 46-14 in Tokyo, the English, who are appearing in their first World Cup semi-final since 2007, thumped long-term rivals Australia 40-16 in Oita. Follow our rolling coverage of the match below:
42 min: England 10-0 New Zealand
Nope. Elliot Daly’s effort goes past the face of the post. Still, to see New Zealand conceding such sloppy penalties bodes well for the English.
41 min: England 10-0 New Zealand
New Zealand pinged with another penalty. Aaron Smith is singled for taking out the man off the ball.
It’s inside England’s own half. That calls for one man and one man only: here comes Elliot Daly.
KICK-OFF! Beauden Barrett gets the second half under way!
Scott Barrett has been subbed off for Sam Cane. Steve Hansen’s gamble didn’t quite go to plan on that front…
I’ve been surprised by England’s dominance at the breakdown, too. We know how good the likes of Sam Underhill and Tom Curry are but against New Zealand’s back row, we were expecting a closely-fought contest.
But that just hasn’t been the case. Not at all. Underhill, Curry and the rest have been utterly supreme, drawing penalty after penalty from the All Blacks. If Hansen’s men can’t address this current vulnerability, I can’t see them turning this semi-final around.
HALF-TIME: England 10-0 New Zealand
What a half from England. The intensity. The drive and energy. The relentlessness of it all. Eddie Jones’ men came storming out of the blocks and haven’t taken their foot of the pedal since.
New Zealand have been off the mark, that’s for sure, but that can’t take away from how good the English have looked.
I would say it’s similar to their meeting last November, when England made a similarly bright start. But in that game the All Blacks had managed to get their act together before chipping away at their opponents’ lead ahead of the break.
There’s been none of that today. Steve Hansen’s side haven’t come close to getting on the scoreboard. Safe to say we weren’t expecting that…
HALF-TIME: England 10-0 New Zealand (Ford penalty)
He’s got it! Absolutely sublime. It swung in at the last second to fly through the posts and extend England’s lead.
We have time for a quick restart but England safely claim before booting clear. And that’s half-time!
40 min: England 7-0 New Zealand
England steal back possession! Crikey! Eddie Jones’ men have been immense at the breakdown in this half. Manu Tuilagi gets a pat on the back after Nigel Owens’ whistle goes up, with Scott Barrett penalised for coming in at the sides.
George Ford to kick for three points. He’s four metres forward from the half-way line. He’ll need to deliver a monstrous kick to get this…
38 min: England 7-0 New Zealand
It’s stolen! Brodie Retallick whacks the ball back to Aaron Smith. A rare lapse in concentration from the English at the set-piece.
All Blacks back in possession.
37 min: England 7-0 New Zealand
Penalty to England! New Zealand are pinged for holding on at the breakdown just inside their opponents’ half. Tom Curry was the man to thank. The 6 was firmly over the ball, foraging away, making his presence felt.
We go forward for an English line-out.
36 min: England 7-0 New Zealand
Typically fluid stuff from the All Blacks as they surge forward from deep. George Bridge is the last man to receive play on the left and immediately kicks it forward. It’s miss-hit, though, and Anthony Watson makes sure to get a hold of possession.
35 min: England 7-0 New Zealand
Kyle Sinckler knocks on play a few metres out from New Zealand’s 22. He was stood poised ready to receive possession for what seemed an age. Maybe the long pause threw him off. But either way, the ball ended up bouncing off his ribs and fumbling forward onto the turf.
England were building up steam there, having slowly but surely gone through the phases. That’ll be hugely disappointing for the prop.
New Zealand to put in at the scrum.
33 min: England 7-0 New Zealand
England set up play for a George Ford line-out but it drifts wide of the posts. Encouraging, positive stuff from England.
What’s less encouraging is the sight of Owen Farrell grimacing after another big hit. Is he playing through an injury? He’s moving around a bit gingerly out there. One to keep an eye on.
31 min: England 7-0 New Zealand
England with a big shunt, and down goes the New Zealand pack. Penalty for the men in white. They kick forward to the 22 for the throw-in.
30 min: England 7-0 New Zealand
The ball was knocked on by the All Blacks at the line-out. Ben Youngs is forced into emergency measures as he leaps onto the loose ball, but with the advantage in their favour the English know what they’re doing as they let play run dry for the scrum.
29 min: England 7-0 New Zealand
More outstanding defensive play from the English, with the All Blacks once again targeting that left flank. It’s George Bridge this time who leads the surge but Anthony Watson tracks his men well, wraps him up and shoves him out into touch for another English line-out.
27 min: England 7-0 New Zealand
New Zealand with a flash of brilliance as they target a narrow channel of space down the left flank. Some wonderful interplay and offloading sets Jack Goodhue up from 10 metres out but he’s swarmed by three England players and dragged into touch. Line-out for Eddie Jones’ men.
26 min: England 7-0 New Zealand
No try. Tom Curry had gone past the ball, taking two defenders out of the picture near the 5-metre line, while Kyle Sinckler shuffled forward before releasing Sam Underhill into a pocket of space which had opened up to his left. Nigel Owens had initially given the try but his decision is overturned by TMO.
25 min: England 7-0 New Zealand
Try? Sam Underhill dives over but there was obvious crossing there with Kyle Sinckler and Tom Curry in the build-up to create the gap for the England forward to exploit. We’ve gone to TMO.
When is it?
England vs New Zealand kicks off at 9am BST (5pm Japan Standard Time) on Saturday 26 October.
Where can I watch it?
ITV1 will be broadcasting the match. Alternatively, you can live stream it via the ITV Hub on your laptop, smartphone or tablet.
What are they saying?
Maro Itoje senses that England are poised to stun New Zealand in Saturday’s World Cup semi-final by declaring: “We’re going to get them”.
The All Blacks are odds-on favourites to lift the Webb Ellis Trophy for a third successive time but at International Stadium Yokohama they face a clash between the sport’s two highest-ranked teams.
England are bullish over their chances knowing that coach Eddie Jones masterminded five wins over New Zealand when Australia coach, while 10 of the starting XV have tasted victory against the world champions.
For six of them that triumph was savoured on the Lions tour two years ago in the shape of a 24-21 win in Wellington – a match in which Itoje produced one of his most stellar performances.
“The whole touring experience of 2017 is a reference,” the Saracens second row said.
“I learned a lot about New Zealand, their culture, how they play the game, how good and clinical they are and how to get them. This weekend feels like the time we’re going to get them.
“Quite honestly, even if I hadn’t experienced beating them, I’d still have that same confidence.
“My confidence doesn’t derive from the 2017 Lions tour. Different team and different circumstances. Their team has changed a lot too.
“My confidence derives from the personnel we have, the confidence we have, the other players we have and what we are capable of.
“I have never ever gone into a game thinking that team is going to beat me. The way I see New Zealand, I respect what they have done but I don’t see them as a team that is going to beat us.
“They are a very good team and have the capacity to do some very dangerous things, but I still believe that if we play our best rugby, we will win.”
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