All Black for Canucks
September 28, 2011
Mils Muliaina scored four tries against Canada in 2003 © Getty Images
New Zealand will face Canada for the fifth time when they meet in the Pool A clash in Wellington on Sunday.
The All Blacks have won all four previous encounters against Canada. The countries met for the first time in the 1991 World Cup pool stages with New Zealand running out 29-13 winners. John Timu scored two tries while Zinzan Brooke, John Kirwan and Bernie McCahill also crossing for the All Blacks.
Since then the All Blacks have racked up the points against the Canucks. New Zealand's winning margin has been more than 50 in the last three fixtures between the two nations. In April 1995 the All Blacks amassed 73 points with Steve Bunce, Marc Ellis and Glen Osbourne all touching down twice.
Eight years late the sides met again in the pool stages of the 2003 Rugby World Cup. And it was a similar result. The All Blacks ran out 68-6 victors in Melbourne with Mils Muliaina scoring four tries in the match. The last time they faced each other was in June 2007 when Dan Carter scored 29 points, with a hat-trick of tries and seven conversions, in a 64-13 victory for the All Blacks.
New Zealand v Canada
All-time record: Played 4; New Zealand won 4
Biggest winning margins: NZ: 66 (73-7 Auckland 1995)
Highest score: NZ: 73 (73-7 Auckland 1995); Can: 13 (13-29 Lille 1991 and 13-64 Hamilton 2007)
Most tries: NZ: 10 (73-7 Auckland 1995, 68-6 Melbourne 2003 and 64-13 Hamilton 2007); Can: 2 (13-29 Lille 1991); Can: 2 (13-29 Lille 1991)
Most points (individual): NZ: 47 Dan Carter; Can: 8 James Pritchard
Most tries (individual): NZ: 4 Mils Muliaina ; Can: Five player on one
Previous World Cup meetings: Two (NZ 29-13 Can, Lille, 1991) and (68-8, Melbourne, 2003)
Click Here for New Zealand's full Test record courtesy of Statsguru
Click Here for Canada's full Test record courtesy of Statsguru
Click Here for a full record of all New Zealand v Canada matches courtesy of Statsguru
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