Stuart Lancaster has confirmed England will be playing the All Blacks next year in a test series in New Zealand, around June, reports the Daily Mail.

England recently faced the world champions at Twickenham in an Autumn test, where Lancaster's side failed to secure a win, losing the match 30-22; Julian Savea scoring two tries to sink the home nation.

But the England coach has confirmed that his side will play New Zealand in a test series next year, and it will be the a great challenge.

"This will be our final tour before the World Cup in 2015 and it is massively important for us to benchmark ourselves against the number one team in the world."

The last time England toured New Zealand in 2008, the visitors lost both encounters against Steve Hansen's side, and have only won one of their last ten encounters against the All Blacks.

However, the 44-year-old believes this tour will be good for his team, as it would be good to rotate the squad ahead of the World Cup.

"Playing three tests and a midweek match will give us the opportunity to take around 35 to 40 players, and to rotate the team, and for them to lay down a marker 15 months ahead of the World Cup."

As 2014 is a busy year for the team ranked fourth in world, as before the test series against New Zealand, England have to play in the Six Nations and overcome the holders Wales, who Stuart Lancaster hasn't beaten since taking over England back in 2011.

And following the test series, play three Autumn tests against South Africa, Samoa and Australia in November, before starting up their training for the World Cup in 2015 where England will be hosting the competition.

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