British papers hail 'stunning' win

As the All Blacks mull over what went wrong in their 21-38 defeat to England, the British press went into overdrive in delight.

The All Blacks' 20-game unbeaten streak was broken by a scintillating display from the English, and has led British papers to proclaim it as one of the England side's greatest nights.

"Stunning, just stunning," said Paul Ackford of the Daily Telegraph.

"New Zealand were butchered, hanged, drawn and quartered by an England side who played with passion, bite, style and, at long, long last, accuracy."

The Guardian's Michael Aylwin said this should be remembered as the day that all of Britain beat the All Blacks.

"No mysterious dinner lady lurking near the All Blacks' soup vat over here. Instead, thousands of us have endured exposure to the norovirus, just so that the best rugby team in the world could have a bit of it ..."

Eddie Butler of the Observer wrote: "This was an All Blacks team ... rated so highly that they were on the brink of being acclaimed the best ever. Untouchable. Until now. This should be a moment to savour, the precious unveiling of a priceless piece of rugby."

- NZ Herald

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