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Bring on the All Blacks says England's Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones is impatient for New Zealand's visit to Twickenham after declaring England ready to prove themselves against the benchmark in world sport.

A rousing 12-11 victory over a South Africa team close to full strength launched the autumn series in enthralling fashion to raise expectations for the long-awaited showdown with Steve Hansen's All Blacks on Saturday.

It is four years since the rivals last met due to a quirk of the fixture list and Jones insists injury-depleted England know they can engineer an upset that would land a psychological blow ahead of next year's World Cup.

"I said to the boys after South Africa that I can't wait. I cannot wait," the head coach said.

A rousing 12-11 victory over a South Africa team close to full strength launched the autumn series in enthralling fashion Credit: PA

"They are the benchmark for world rugby, the team you want to play against. Where are you in the world? You only know when you play against the All Blacks.

"Any team that wins 91 per cent of their games is a great team. What other teams in world sport do that?

"You've got to believe you can beat them. You've got to understand where they're weak, understand where they're strong and be disciplined in your game plan. We will be well prepared for them."