Saturday, 27 May, 2017

O2 unveils virtual reality England Rugby game

Daly sustained a head injury during England’s rout of Scotland on SaturdayHENRY BROWNE  REUTERS Daly sustained a head injury during England’s rout of Scotland on SaturdayHENRY BROWNE REUTERS
Spencer Simpson | 19 March, 2017, 00:25

England will become the sixth team to secure back-to-back grand slams - as well as beating the All Blacks' record of 18 consecutive Test wins - if it beats Ireland in Dublin on Friday.

That would not be a 50-50 split, as New Zealand have been reported as wanting, as the RFU would have to hand over considerable amounts to Premiership clubs, who would have to release their players a week earlier than is been agreed under the current deal.

England coach Eddie Jones has reportedly backed an approach to New Zealand Rugby to explore the possibility of a match between the world heavyweights on November 4, when the All Blacks are due to play the Barbarians.

The Daily Mail reported on Wednesday that England were eager to replace a planned clash between the All Blacks and British Barbarians with a Test at Twickenham on November 4.

NZR boss Steve Tew was coy in the report, saying: "It's highly unlikely at this stage".

The match is not a formal part of the £225m agreement with the RFU.

Ireland may have brought an end to their remarkable and record-breaking 18-game winning-streak in Chicago last November, but New Zealand remain seated atop the world rankings.

This new VR content includes England Rugby VR, which will allow players to go up against some of England's best Rugby players in various virtual drill competitions.

"If the All Blacks want to turn up to the Aviva Stadium on Saturday and want to play us after Ireland, then we'll consider it", Jones quipped.

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.

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. "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 worldwide rugby player", added Gustard.

"There's been a gap between the All Blacks playing England but for a period of time we had five Tests in three years. Through a combination of world first CGI characters and unique interactive gameplay, each experience has been created to give the user unprecedented access to O2 Academy venues, The O2 and our relationship with the England Rugby team".

But Hansen added: "We're not scared to play them".

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