Head to Head - England v New Zealand
November 25, 2008
Skipper Tana Umaga in action against England during New Zealand's Grand Slam tour in 2005 © Getty Images
England will entertain New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday, with the latest chapter in a long rivalry potentially giving a Grand Slam tour to the All Blacks.
Graham Henry's side will roll in to Twickenham with history on their side, as the All Blacks have triumphed in 20 of the 27 meetings between the sides, and have not lost at Twickenham since Clive Woodward's World Cup winner's triumphed 31-28 in 2002.
The last meetings between the sides ended with a heavy series win for New Zealand in the summer of 2008, with a side managed by Rob Andrew going down 37-20 and 44-12 in Auckland and Christchurch. They will no provide the last barrier to the All Blacks' Grand Slam quest.
England v New Zealand Match Facts:
England v New Zealand Match Stats
Played 27; England won six; New Zealand won 20; one drawn match
First Test: England 0-15 New Zealand, Crystal Palace, December 2, 1985
Latest Test: New Zealand 44-12 England, Lancaster Park, June 21, 2008
Drawn Test match: England 26-26 New Zealand, Twickenham, December 6 1997
England's biggest winning margin: 13 points, England 13-0 New Zealand, Twickenham, January 4, 1936
New Zealand's biggest winning margin: 42 points, New Zealand 64-22 England, Carisbrook, June 20, 1998
New Zealand's winning sequence: Six tests, June 12 2004 to present day
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