All Blacks on the verge of a host of milestones

Getty Images and James Mortimer     17 Aug 2013     Getty Images

It would be a remarkable milestone for the All Blacks, who will be striving to be the first country ever in international rugby to notch a century of wins against a single nation.

Saturday’s match between Australia and New Zealand is the 147th meeting between the two sides. With a total of 99 wins compared to Australia’s 41, the All Blacks have been on top more often than not over the history of the fixture. There have been six draws.

New Zealand field a more experienced starting XV with a total of 704 caps compared to Australia’s total of 442. New Zealand also field an older starting XV with an average age of 28 compared to Australia’s 26.

MA’A NONU and CONRAD SMITH will combine in the centre for 47th time on Saturday. If New Zealand win on Saturday it will be the 40th win when these two have combined in the centre.

RICHIE MCCAW starts his 110th match as flanker for New Zealand whilst winning his 117th Test cap. MCCAW also captains New Zealand for the 80th time on Saturday.

Saturday’s match will be New Zealand’s 502nd Test match. If they manage to beat Australia it will be their 380th Test win.

The largest margin of defeat in this fixture came in July 1996. The All Blacks came out victors winning 43-6 in Wellington.

New Zealand’s ANDREW HORE will be the oldest player on the pitch on Saturday at 34 years old.

New Zealand have scored 2859 points in all competitions against Australia and have managed to score 375 tries in the process, compared to Australia who have scored 1965 points and 221 tries.

New Zealand will have a 3kg per man weight advantage up front on Saturday, weighing in at an average 114kg per man.

New Zealand have won four of their last five matches. New Zealand’s 38-21 loss to England last December is their only loss in their last 20 games.

CONRAD SMITH needs one more cap to win his 70th cap for New Zealand. MA’A NONU will win his 80th Test cap for New Zealand on Saturday. RYAN CROTTY will make his Test debut if he comes off the bench on Saturday for New Zealand.