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Italy v New Zealand, November 17
History weighted in All Blacks' favour
ESPN Staff
November 12, 2012
The scoreboard shows the second highest score in Rugby World Cup history , New Zealand v Italy, Rugby World Cup 1999, McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield, England, October 25, 1999
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
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New Zealand and Italy renew hostilities this weekend with the All Blacks strong favourites to extend their winning run against the Azzurri.

The tourists have won all of the 11 previous encounters between the two countries from the 70-6 thumping in Auckland in 1987 to the more competitive 20-6 success in Milan in 2009.

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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