England v New Zealand, Twickenham, November 6
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.
© ESPN EMEA Ltd
"Wayne Barnes' decision to give Dylan Hartley his marching orders was brave but crucially it was the correct call." Graham Jenkins reports from the Premiership final
"We wanted to get the rugby spirit across to people, I firmly believe we have been in the thick of it." Tom Hamilton speaks to the ESPN crew on the final live broadcast
With the Lions' tour to Australia fast-approaching, ESPN's Austin Healey and Mark Durden-Smith sat down to share their memories of the 2001 trip Down Under
"The fans could not be happier with the opposition and it adds an exciting element to a game that is shaping up as a thriller." Ben Kay previews the Premiership final showdown