RUGBY UNION: England will eclipse New Zealand's world-record of 18 successive Test victories, set in October, if it goes on to complete another Six Nations Grand Slam in March.
It will be confirmed next week that England will not face world champions New Zealand, however, until 2018, with it's schedule next year to also feature three Test matches in November at Twickenham against Australia, Argentina and a Pacific Island side, most likely Samoa.
England coach Eddie Jones, who has overseen 13 wins from 13 outings, the latest the 37-21 win over Australia, said he was not concerned.
"We don't control that, so we are not frustrated," he added. "We will play them (the All Blacks) when we get the opportunity and if that is 2018, we will play them in 2018."
The lengthy wait may allow England to develop players capable of becoming automatic selections in a World XV. Right now he believes none of them are.
Asked how many of his players he rated as world-class now, he said: "It has not changed - just because we have won 13 games there is not one player who would be automatically be picked in a World XV - that is a world-class player. (But) we are heading in the right direction."
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