England keen to follow Australia's lead
November 2, 2010
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw will be hoping to lead his side to another victory over England this weekend © Getty Images
Australia snapped a dismal losing streak against the All Blacks last weekend and England will be intent on following suit at Twickenham this weekend.
England have come off second best in their last eight meetings with New Zealand, with their last win over the Kiwis having come all the way back in June 2003 in Wellington when Jonny Wilkinson booted the visitors to a 15-13 victory.
Since then, it has been nothing but misery for England. Indeed, the closest they have gotten to the All Blacks since was in 2005 when they managed to lose by just four points, 23-19 at Twickenham. The other seven meetings between the two sides have all been won quite convincingly by the New Zealanders.
The All Blacks' dominance of the fixture coincided with the emergence of Dan Carter, who has accumulated a record-breaking 151 points in his eight outings against the English. In half of those games he has managed to score over 20 points, with the highlight being his historic 26-point haul in a 41-20 triumph at Twickenham in 2006.
The message for England is obvious: to have any hope of stopping New Zealand, they must stop Carter. That will prove easier said than done, of course, but the hosts will take encouragement from their performance against the All Blacks last year, when they reached the interval level at six points apiece before unfortunately fading in the second half and eventually coming out on the wrong end of a 19-6 scoreline.
England v New Zealand All-time record: Played: 33, England won 6, New Zealand won 26, drawn 1
Biggest winning margin: Eng: 13, 13-0 at Twickenham, 1936; NZ: 42, 64-22 at Dunedin, 1998.
Highest score: Eng: 31 (31-28) at Twickenham, 2002; NZ: 64 (64-22) at Dunedin, 1998.
Most tries: Eng: 4 (29-45) at Cape Town, 1995; NZ: 9 (64-22) at Dunedin, 1998.
Longest winning sequence: Eng: 2 (2002-03); NZ: 8 (2004-present).
Most points (individual): Eng: Jonny Wilkinson 53; NZ: Dan Carter 151.
Most tries (individual): Eng: 2 Matt Dawson, Ben Cohen, Phil de Glanville, Will Carling, Rory Underwood, Mike Harrison, Topsy Ojo, Robert Lloyd and Obo Obolensky; NZ: 8 Jonah Lomu.
Most points in a Test: Eng: 21 Jonny Wilkinson at Twickenham, 2002; NZ: 26 Dan Carter at Twickenham, 2006.
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