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England v New Zealand Rugby Hospitality

Twickenham, Saturday 6th November 2010

England 16 - 26 New Zealand

England's opening match of the Investec Autumn Internationals saw the in-form team in World Rugby arrive at Twickenham, as England v New Zealand took centre stage at the Home of Rugby. With a new look to his England side, Martin Johnson's team were out to prove a point and announce their return to form in International Rugby against a dangerous All Blacks side.

The Official Twickenham Hospitality got underway in style, as guests were greeted by hostesses with Champagne and smiles at the Twickenham Hospitality restaurant at the start of the day.

The excitement was palpable within the facility as guests steadily filled the restaurant; staunch England and All Blacks supporters contemplated the outcome of the match, and with banter flowing as freely as the Guinness, the pre-match atmosphere built nicely ahead of the England v New Zealand kick off.

Clients later took their seats to enjoy a much welcomed fine dining luncheon at the Twickenham Hospitality restaurant, courtesy of Jamie Oliver's Fabulous Feasts.

Our celebrity guest speaker at the England v New Zealand Hospitality facility was current England, and British & Irish Lions flanker Joe Worsley MBE. Usually a regular in the current England setup, Joe's injury kept him on the sidelines but he was more than happy to entertain guests with his thoughts on all things New Zealand, as well as fielding questions, chatting with guests and signing rugby jerseys.

With officially allocated RFU England v New Zealand match tickets along the west stand sidelines, clients had the ideal panoramic view of all the action on the Twickenham pitch. After the Twickenham faithful roared the national anthem, New Zealand took to the centre of the field to perform their iconic Haka to an unwavering England line-up.

A young, fresh looking England side exploded out of the blocks as the forwards and backs launched wave after wave of attack at the All Blacks defensive line. But New Zealand defended with purpose and mounted a series of telling attacks down England's right hand side leading to a controversial try in the corner, which was given despite a prolonged delay after Gear's foot seemed to be grounded in touch before the ball went down.

After a Carter conversion, New Zealand were at it again, this time capitalising from a scrum deep inside England territory, allowing New Zealand's Read to power over from close range, with Carter converting again.

The home side responded with more pressure of their own, allowing Flood to put 3 points on the board, only to have the gap pegged back by the metronomic boot of New Zealand's Dan Carter.

At half time in a highly charged England v New Zealand match it was England who came out stronger with Sheridan and Co forcing the All Black's pack to concede a string of penalties. Quick thinking from the England backs allowed Flood to kick for territory and Dylan Hartley just managed to burrow through the New Zealand line to register a try for England.

With the booming Twickenham crowd firmly behind them and momentum on their side, New Zealand entered the closing stages of the game under some serious pressure from a resurgent England. Successful kicking from Toby Flood closed the gap further and after the All Blacks had a man sin binned, it set up a grandstand finish to the match at Twickenham with New Zealand visibly hanging on.

In the dying moments England came desperately close to securing a try, only for the ball to be dislodging from the hands of a diving Shontayne Hape by a dubious last-gasp Kiwi tackle, leaving England fans to mull over what might have been in a match that they dominated for large spells at Twickenham.

After returning to the Twickenham Hospitality facility, spirits in the England camp were still high after a fast-paced thriller of a match which they were unlucky not to get more from with their encouraging new side. The eagerly awaited post match gourmet buffet was served as pommes and kiwis alike, aided fuelled by the complimentary bar, discussed the finer points of the game well into the evening.

Our England v New Zealand Hospitality packages at Twickenham remain as popular as ever, with guests complimenting the quality of the entertainment on offer in our luxurious Official Twickenham Hospitality facility.

Referee: Romain Poite (France. Attendance: 80,350.

England - Tries: Hartley. Cons: Flood. Pens: Flood 3

New Zealand - Tries: Gear, Read. Cons: Carter 2. Pens: Carter 4

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