The All Blacks Top 20
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2. The above also stands as the English record for consecutive wins, the All Blacks is nine.
3. The eight-point win was the All Blacks 17th in 23 Tests at Twickenham against England.
4. For the first time in history four centurions played in a national starting XV.
5. It was Steve Hansen’s 25th win after 27 Tests, giving the head coach a 92.6 % winning record.
6. Since 1905 the All Blacks have lost only eight of 80 Tests in the UK against the Home Nations.
7. It was Richie McCaw’s 111th Test victory, still the only player in history to crack a century of wins.
8. Never before in rugby history had four centurions entered the club in one day of internationals, with Gethin Jenkins (wales), Sergio Parisse and Martin Castrogiovanni (both Italy) also celebrating 100 Tests for the country (not including British and Irish Lions caps).
9. Carter was the 27th player in rugby history to play 100 Tests.
10. By wins these All Blacks are the most successful World Champions (by term so far), but by winning percentage the 1987 team were unbeaten until August 18, 1990 – over three years the first World Cup holders lost just one of 19 Tests (compared to one from 27 from today’s side.
11. That will be the last time barring a miracle we see Dan Carter playing rugby for six months, while already the countdown is on for the return of Conrad Smith.
12. The All Blacks have been fielding the most experienced sides in history outside of Rugby World Cups, while maintaining an average age never surpassing 27-years.
13. The World Champions have been behind in key statistics for most Tests this season, but have always kicked more than any other side they have come up against, not to mention being able to score more points.
14. For 17 straight Tests the All Blacks have scored at least two tries, while scoring at least 23 points.
15. The 30 points scored by New Zealand over the weekend was the most points conceded at Twickenham by England since the All Blacks won 32-6 in 2008.
16. Playing their 512th Test against Ireland, the All Blacks will be chasing their 390th win overall.
17. While seeking the first perfect season in the pro era, the All Blacks will also be looking to record win number 180 from 217 Tests played since the 1996 season.
18. Salesi ‘Charles’ Tu’ipulotu Piutau was the newest All Black on the starting team over the weekend, Test player number 1122 for New Zealand.
19. In 13 Tests this year the All Blacks have scored 430 points, achieving an aggregate score of 33-17, while scoring 48 tries at a rate of 4-1 per match.
20. Beyond a 10-10 draw in 1973, Ireland haven’t tasted success against the All Blacks in 27 Tests.
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