Dan Carter calls for New Zealand-England showdown

He'll be supporting Ireland this weekend

Dan Carter calls for New Zealand-England showdown

Dan Carter. Image: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Former New Zealand out-half Dan Carter has called for an end of year showdown between New Zealand and England.

The world's top two teams have been on incredible winning runs recently but are currently not scheduled to play each other until 2018 at the earliest.

With the Lions touring New Zealand this summer and England's November 2017 test window already full, there has been speculation that the teams could meet the weekend before the November tests begin.

Speaking to Sportsmail, the Racing 92 fly-half said: "I'd love to see it happen. Any rugby fan would love to see it. Both nations have achieved so much since they last played in 2014. It's been so long, so there would be even more hype than usual. It would be up there with the classics.

'England are on fire. As a player, you want to play the top sides and they're the top two in world rugby at the moment. It would have everything.

If it works, it would be a great occasion for players and fans and I'd back my All Black brothers to come out on top.'

Looking ahead to this weekend's Six Nations clash between Ireland and England, Carter said: "I'll be supporting the Irish! With George Ford, Owen Farrell, Johnny Sexton and Paddy Jackson, there will be four fantastic No 10s. It's going to be a bit of a Lions trial out there. There will be some tough calls for Warren Gatland."