New Zealand vs. England: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Rugby Preview

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJune 20, 2014

New Zealand’s Ben Smith, front, tackled by England’s Dylan Hartley in the second international rugby test match at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand, Saturday, June 14, 2014. (AP Photo/SNPA, Ross Setford) NEW ZEALAND OUT
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England have little else but pride left to fight for in their trip to Hamilton on Saturday, having already suffered two Test defeats to the All Blacks and surrendered the summer series to Steve Hansen's giants.

However, that won't leave Stuart Lancaster any less determined to leave an imprint on the reigning world champions before his side depart New Zealand, with 80 minutes of elite rugby left to play.

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The England coach will use the opportunity as a last chance for experimentation against Southern Hemisphere opposition and a 3-0 whitewash won't sound too appealing to any within the visitors' camp.

Read on for all the viewing information for this weekend's final collision at the Waikato Stadium, as well as a breakdown of those players and head-to-head matchups most worthy of your attention.


Date: Saturday, June 21

Time: 8 a.m. BST/3 a.m. ET

Live Stream: Sky Go app (UK, subscription required), SuperSport app (SA, subscription required)

TV Info: Sky Sports 1 (UK), SuperSport 1 (SA)


Key Players To Watch

New Zealand: Jerome Kaino

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 14:  Jerome Kaino of the All Blacks runs out ahead of the International Test Match between the New Zealand All Blacks and England at Forsyth Barr Stadium on June 14, 2014 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty
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Irrespective of where one falls over who makes the better No. 8, there's no denying that a Jerome Kaino figure back in the New Zealand fold at least gives renewed competition to Kieran Read.

The latter has been missing with concussion so far in this Test series, but as Rugby World's Paul Williams points out, it's a remarkable testament of the All Blacks' depth that they can keep standards so high with a figure like Kaino in their ranks:

The Daily Mail's Nick Purewal reported that Read is back in the No. 8 spot for Saturday's Test, shifting Kaino to blindside flanker as a result.

With Ben Morgan having started in both of the first two Tests, Billy Vunipola is now be afforded his chance in England's starting XV, after impressing so much from the bench in Dunedin last week.


England: Kyle Eastmond

Once again, the English midfield has become an epicentre of speculation and punditry, with no certain combination in sight for Lancaster, who must now persevere in his centre experimentation.

Billy Twelvetrees was disappointing at times in the second fixture against the All Blacks, while Kyle Eastmond brought a fresh and different dimension to the No. 12 jersey during the previous Test.

With the wing seemingly not his best outlet, Manu Tuilagi has been brought in to partner Eastmond at outside centre, per the Mirror's Alex Spink, a decision with which ex-England star Will Carling and Opta's Russ Petty agree:

After such a terrific season at Bath, Eastmond is slowly being allowed to prove that he is very much a talent of England calibre, and his out-of-the blue acceleration could give New Zealand problems from the first minute. 


Key Battle

Aaron Cruden vs. Freddie Burns

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With Owen Farrell out of the running with a knee injury, per BBC Sport, Freddie Burns makes his return to the No. 10 jersey he occupied in the first Test for this weekend's encounter, says ESPN Scrum:

Aaron Cruden has become New Zealand's first choice fly-half almost by trial over the past year thanks to Dan Carter's absence, but the Chiefs star has proven he's the man most deserving of the throne, although Beauden Barrett is offering stiff competition.

And the inexperienced Burns proved in his outing almost a fortnight ago just how capable he is of flying a strong flag for the national team, too.

There could be an intriguing battle from the bench, too, with Danny Cipriani impressing against the Crusaders in midweek and assuredly raring to get his shot, while Barrett is sure to receive another cameo appearance from Hansen.