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Summary

  1. Rapana crosses twice and Johnson once for Kiwis
  2. McGillvary & Hall for England
  3. New Zealand led 6-4 at half time
  4. Live on BBC One, 5 live sports extra and online

Live Reporting

By Phil Cartwright

All times stated are UK

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  1. England lose Four Nations opener

    FT: England 16-17 New Zealand

    Shaun Johnson

    Well it's a familiar feeling for England rugby league fans at the moment - a narrow defeat by a New Zealand side inspired by Shaun Johnson.

    But it's not all over. Wins over Scotland and Australia should be enough to take England into the Four Nations final.

    Make sure you join BBC Sport again next Saturday for live television, radio and text coverage of the Four Nations double-header in Coventry - England v Scotland and New Zealand v Australia.

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  2. 'England can beat Australia'

    FT: England 16-17 New Zealand

    Kevin Sinfield

    Former England and Leeds captain on BBC Red Button

    It's a number of years since England have beaten Australia, but we're going to do it at some stage. Why not this year? We have the quality in this team to win.

  3. 'We were dumb at times'

    FT: England 16-17 New Zealand

    Widnes head coach Denis Betts, one of England's coaching staff: "I think it was a great Test match, a fantastic stadium and crowd and a great contest against a side that is a fantastic team. 

    "Wayne Bennett has just said in the changing rooms this is the start of the journey. Everybody's effort was high but we were a little bit dumb at times. Sam (Burgess) came off the field and knows in his heart that there are certain things we could do better.

    "The big challenge for Wayne and the coaching team is getting players to make less mistakes that are costly at this level. We are looking at a small picture, we have a game next week and we are already in preparation for that."

  4. England defeated

    FT: England 16-17 New Zealand

    If you missed any of today's action, have a read of Paul Fletcher's match report from the John Smith's Stadium...

    England lose to Kiwis by single point

    Jermaine McGillvary

    England slip to a one-point defeat against defending champions New Zealand in their Four Nations opener in Huddersfield.

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  5. The table

    FT: England 16-17 New Zealand

    Here's how things stand after two matches of the 2016 Four Nations...

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  6. 'I hugely respect Wayne'

    FT: England 16-17 New Zealand

    More from Australia head coach on facing England boss Wayne Bennett: "We have got a pretty good playing group, very supportive of me and the playing group and so we will just worry about what we have to do, make sure we do everything right.

    "I imagine Wayne will do the same. I have huge admiration for Wayne Bennett, he had a huge influence over me when I was a young kid and I hugely respect him."

  7. 'We played the English way'

    FT: England 16-17 New Zealand

    Kevin Sinfield

    Former England and Leeds captain on BBC One

    We didn't play the Aussie way or the Kiwi way, we played the English way and threw the ball about.

    We won that second half 12-11.

  8. 'England will improve'

    FT: England 16-17 New Zealand

    Australia head coach Mal Meninga: "I thought both sides tried hard. Obviously England got off to a fantastic start and New Zealand hung in there and kept on working hard for each other.

    "There's plenty of improvement from both teams. The Kiwis have been working hard for a number of years, they keeping hanging in there and working hard for each other - their goal-line defence was particularly good.

    "England will improve, their forwards will improve. They probably didn't play direct enough, they probably played too laterally. Maybe that's one of Wayne Bennett's tactics, but you have got to go direct and earn the right through the middle before you go wide."

  9. 'Outstanding from both teams'

    FT: England 16-17 New Zealand

    New Zealand head coach David Kidwell: "It was an outstanding performance, both teams need to hold their heads high, that's what Test match football is about.

    "There was a lot of hard work and we have to make sure we prepare right for next week. The most pleasing thing was our defence, that's something we stand for.

    "I thought England came out firing and we knew we had to build up our sets and make sure we had a high completion."

  10. Watch: Johnson's drop-goal winner

    FT: England 16-17 New Zealand

    Here's the moment that won the match... Shaun Johnson's drop-goal after 65 minutes, which proved to be the difference as New Zealand beat England by just one point. 

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    Video caption: Johnson drop goal seals New Zealand win
  11. 'Johnson was incredible'

    FT: England 16-17 New Zealand

    Kevin Sinfield

    Former England and Leeds captain on BBC One

    Shaun Johnson was incredible with his last plays. He was happy forcing repeat sets and building pressure. 

    The way he controlled the game for New Zealand just set him apart today.

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    Mike Lloyd: Johnson's kicking was outstanding, just have to do it the hard way now I guess.

    Thomas Roughley: Positives. But lack of composure in last 15 mins. Missing an organiser, a calming influence like a Sinfield.

    Mark Adamoulas: Big ups Johnson. Let's not hide behind the fact England could have won handily, but guys buckled under pressure.

  13. 'An empty feeling'

    FT: England 16-17 New Zealand

    England captain Sam Burgess: "We probably lost that game ourselves. We showed resilience in defence and gave ourselves a chance, but it's an empty feeling at the moment.

    "There's belief in this squad, we're taking it day by day. We'll rest up, recover tomorrow and then attack the week as it comes."

  14. 'Privilege to play against England'

    FT: England 16-17 New Zealand

    New Zealand's match-winner Shaun Johnson: "We knew coming here, the home support, how good they are and the quality of players, we were in for a tough game.

    "We were able to score a try and turn it around at the back end of the first half, we hung in there under immense pressure. It was a massive effort from us and a great start our campaign. 

    "To play against a great nation like England and in front of the hostile crowd you get here is a privilege."

  15. Post update

    FT: England 16-17 New Zealand

    Kevin Sinfield

    Former England and Leeds captain on BBC One

    It's tough to lose to a 65th-minute drop-goal.  We had opportunities. The battle's lost but the war's not over. It's still all there for us.

  16. Post update

    FT: England 16-17 New Zealand

    Robbie Hunter-Paul

    Former New Zealand international on BBC One

    At the crucial times, New Zealand made the right decisions and showed a bit more experience than England did.

  17. Red Button forum

    FT: England 16-17 New Zealand

    The match may be over on the field, but there's still a Red Button forum to keep you entertained.

    Mark Chapman and our team of BBC pundits will pick the bones out of New Zealand's win for the next 30 minutes or so.

    Click on the play button at the top of the page to watch online.

  18. Full time - England 16-17 New Zealand

    But England can't score a miracle try and New Zealand win by a single point.

    It's a losing start to the Four Nations for the hosts, who must win their last two matches against Scotland and Australia to reach the final at Anfield on 20 November.

  19. Post update

    England 16-17 New Zealand

    Forty seconds left to play and England have one final opportunity from 90 metres out.

  20. Post update

    England 16-17 New Zealand

    England captain Sam Burgess drops the ball in the tackle and, with that loss of possession, it may be all over.

    Not quite the dream return he'd hoped for after three years away from the England side.

    A stoppage in play now as Issac Luke gets a clout around his head as he gathers the loose ball.