What was the world like in 2002 when the All Blacks didn't hold the Bledisloe?

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James Mortimer     16 Aug 2014     Getty Images

The world was a bit of a different place back then.


- England defeat the All Blacks 31-28 in London despite two tries from Jonah Lomu.

- The Crusaders would win the 2002 Super 12, beating the Brumbies 31-13 in Christchurch.

- Prop Joe McDonnell was the first debutant All Black for 2002, featuring against Italy and playing eight Tests as player No. 1015.

- Two All Blacks still active debuted that year, Tony Woodcock and Keven Mealamu.

- Other notable debuts that year came from Ali Williams and Rodney So'oialo.

- Auckland win the NPC, with Hawke's Bay taking the second division and North Otago the third.

- Canterbury are in the midst of a record Ranfurly Shield reign, the red and blacks would defend the Log'o Wood 23 times.

- Eric Rush, Karl Te Nana, Chris Masoe, Mils Muliaina and Roger Randle are among the 2002 Sevens Commonwealth Games Gold medallists.

- Richie McCaw would wear a headguard each time he played.

And the world...

- There are less than 4 million people in New Zealand.

- Kiwibank is formed.

- Che Fu wins NZ Album of the Year with 'The Navigator'

- New Zealand came back from the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City with no medals.

- Whale Rider was released to rave reviews, with the Niki Caro film, based on the book by Witi Ihimaera, starring Keisha Castle-Hughes who would go on to be nominated for an Oscar.

- Former Prime Minister Helen Clark wins a second term as 37th PM of New Zealand.

- USA invade Afghanistan as Operation Anaconda is officially launched.

- Denzel Washington and Halle Berry win best actor and actress at the Academy Awards.

- The Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth I, is laid to rest with more than a million lining the streets en route to Westminster Abbey.

- Barry Bonds hits his 400th home run as a Giant.

- Lennox Lewis retains boxing's WBC Heavyweight crown with an eight round knockout over Mike Tyson.

- The Bali terrorist attacks kill over 200 people.

- A new browser called Firefox is introduced to the internet.