I agree in some part, I think its been way too long since we've played them last. And this game is certainly at least a year too late for when both teams were at their most competetive (that's Englands fault). As noted I only advocate a mandatory game between the top 2 teams if it hasn't occured naturally. However in the time since we've played NZ last we've played SA - 5 times (includes a 3 game tour to SA) Australia - 7 times (includes a 3 game tour to Aus and RWC) Argentina - 4 times (includes a 2 game tour to Arg) The last time had a gap this long was 1985 to 1991, my main argument on this front is we should be playing every other year. 4 years is too long.