New Zealand’s Twickenham scouting mission goes under Eddie Jones’s radar

• All Blacks players attended England’s victory over South Africa
• England coach had referred to New Zealanders watching on TV

New Zealand undertook a scouting mission at their own expense on Saturday, with the All Blacks attending Twickenham and seemingly without Eddie Jones’s knowledge.

It is understood New Zealand paid for their tickets rather than receiving any complimentary hospitality from the Rugby Football Union, with the advanced party of 23 players – who arrived in the UK last Thursday – given a close-up view of Jones’s side a week before their first match against England since 2014. Tickets for England’s 12-11 victory over South Africa ranged from £55 to £132.

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