England's attempt to arrange a fixture against New Zealand was not motivated by commercial opportunism, according to the RFU.
Two French referees and a South African will take charge of the British and Irish Lions' Tests against world champions New Zealand.
New Zealand's November meeting with the Barbarians has been approved by the RFU, apparently ending England's chances of facing the All Blacks this year.
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England and New Zealand could meet in 2017 if the Rugby Football Union (RFU) is successful with plans to re-arrange its fixture list.
A security consultant has denied a charge of false representation over a "bugging" scandal involving the All Blacks.
New Zealand full-back Israel Dagg is to undergo knee surgery and will be out for up to six weeks.
All Blacks scrum-half Tawera Kerr-Barlow has agreed to join French side La Rochelle on a three-year contract at the end of this year.
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