The Rugby Football Union has approached the All Blacks with a view to staging a showdown at Twickenham on November 4 as an additional autumn worldwide.
It appeared that politics and financial wrangling would prevent the nations from locking horns until November next year, but Sportsmail has learned that moves are afoot to change that. The reigning World Cup holders are now penned in to face the Barbarians on the same date as the one that would suit England, but the prospect of switching that match to one against Eddie Jones's side is now being investigated by the RFU.
The report however said there have been fraught negotiations between England and NZ Rugby who recognising the value of the All Blacks are after a 50-50 cut of Twickenham gate receipts which would be worth around $5 million.
It is a match that Jones would welcome as he seeks to build towards the World Cup, but there will need to be compromise on both sides for it to go ahead.
"We are playing New Zealand in 2018", said an RFU spokesperson. "We look forward to it".
England have been in scintillating form since their premature 2015 World Cup exit, winning a record-equalling 18 Tests on the trot under Australian boss Eddie Jones. It's highly unlikely at this stage.
The Lions is our major focus for this year and extra games at the end of the year can be tough for us, it's always been that way.
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A number of options were on the table for the November 4 Test, with Frances, Wales and Scotland already lined up for the subsequent three weeks.
"The All Blacks have got nothing to do with us".
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen admitted earlier in the week that "people are desperate for England and the All Blacks to play". You want excitement around the games and you can only have that if teams are performing well.
"I hope the experience gives rugby fans and novices alike an insight in to the way we train and the amount of hard work that is involved in being an global rugby player". If we are to play them, I guess they are going to have to find a way to do that and give us half the stadium (revenue) or something.