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All Blacks on verge of points scoring record

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NZPA     15 Jul 2010     Getty Images

New Zealand have been steadily gaining on France as the all-time leading scorers and now need just seven points in the Investec Tri Nations Test against South Africa here to climb to the top rung.

In 660 tests, France have scored 11,792 points while the All Blacks have reached 11,786 in just 462 tests.

Given the New Zealanders have racked up 169 points in the first four tests of the year, the record is sure to fall and they should open up a clear lead before France next play, in November.

The All Blacks need just seven tries to overtake France's 1561 in the all-time tryscoring stakes and three conversions to be the first team to land 1000 of them in tests.

New Zealand and Argentina are the only leading nations to have landed more conversions than penalties.

Factbox on the points scored by major test-playing rugby nations
(tests played, won, points for, tries, conversions, penalties):

France 660 364 11,792 1561 907 999
New Zealand 462 - 345 - 11,786 - 1555 - 997 - 953
Australia 509 256 10,260 1315 766 959
Wales 612 316 9860 1325 755 905
England 629 332 9837 1351 767 955
Argentina 331 183 9513 1244 769 688
South Africa 386 246 8713 1093 699 747
Ireland 593 248 7924 1014 574 793
Scotland 592 251 7542 1019 563 776