History weighted in All Blacks' favour
November 12, 2012
The scoreboard at the McAlpine Stadium tells a sorry story following the woefully one-sided clash between New Zealand and Italy at the 1999 Rugby World Cup © Getty Images
New Zealand and Italy renew hostilities this weekend with the All Blacks strong favourites to extend their winning run against the Azzurri.
Italy's heaviest defeat came at the 1999 Rugby World Cup with the All Blacks running in 14 tries on their way to a 101-3 victory. The closest Saturday's hosts have come to upsetting the formbook was at the 1991 Rugby World Cup where they were eventually beaten 31-21 although a clash against a New Zealand XV did provide a closer result - an 18-12 for the Kiwis.
The most recent meeting between the sides was staged at the San Siro in Milan - the usual home to Serie A football sides AC Milan and Inter Milan. Their latest meeting will take place at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome - the usual home to two more football sides, Lazio and Roma.
Italy v New Zealand All-time record: Played: 11, New Zealand won 11, Italy won 0
Biggest winning margin:: 98 points - New Zealand 101-3 Italy, Huddersfield, England, October 14, 1999
Highest score: NZ: 101 (101-3) at McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield, England, October 14, 1999
Most tries: NZ: 14 (101-3) at McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield, England, 1999; Italy: 2 (14-76) at Stade Velodrome, Marseille, France, 2007; (19-56) at Stadio Marassi, Genova, Italy, 2000; (21-31) at Welford Road, Leicester, England, 1991
Longest winning sequence: NZ: 11 (1987-2009)
Most points (individual): NZ: Dan Carter, 53; Ita: Diego Dominguez, 16
Most tries (individual): NZ: 4 Doug Howlett;
Most points in a Test: NZ: 36 Tony Brown at McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield, England, 1999; Ita: 13 Diego Dominguez at Welford Road, Leicester, England, 1991
Click here for Italy's Test record courtesy of Statsguru
Click here for New Zealand's Test record courtesy of Statsguru
Click here for a record of all Italy v New Zealand matches courtesy of Statsguru
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