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The Stats Don't Lie: Proud English record on the line

Ma'a Nonu in action against England in 2010. Photo / Getty Images
Ma'a Nonu in action against England in 2010. Photo / Getty Images

It has been 10 years since the All Blacks lost a November international, with England being the last side to beat them during a Northern Hemisphere tour (winning 31-28).

Keven Mealamu is the only remaining All Black in this weekend's match 23 to have played in that loss.

England have only ever beaten the All Blacks on six occasions out of all 34 tests played, with one draw (1997). They have not had a win against the All Blacks since June 2003, when they won 15-13 in Wellington.

If the All Blacks can win this game it will give them 10 consecutive wins over England since 2004, and their sixth consecutive win at Twickenham.

Recent games played between England and the All Blacks at Twickenham have produced quite a few yellow cards, with a total of nine in the five tests played between 2005 and 2010. Of those, five have been conceded by the All Blacks (including three in the 2005 test) and four by England (all in the 2008 test).

In their last two home tests this month (losses against Australia and South Africa) England have made 87 percent of their tackles, conceded a total of 22 penalties, and are averaging 21 turnovers per game. They had a few lineout problems against South Africa last week, losing six on their own throw.

The All Blacks have won 27 of their 29 lineouts on this tour, lost possession 45 times (which has included 23 knock-ons), and conceded 28 penalties.

When it comes to attacking flair, the All Blacks have made a total of 25 linebreaks and 38 offloads in these November tests. Against Australia and South Africa, England made a total of just four linebreaks and 13 offloads.

The All Blacks have scored 47 tries so far in 2012, and have clocked up 14 of them on this tour. They are just one try away from having scored 100 tries against England. Jonah Lomu is still the top All Black try scorer against England with a total of 8.

Richie McCaw has played eight tests against England and lost just once (2003). He has never scored a try against England, but should he cross the chalk this weekend it will be his 20th try and 100th test point.

Dan Carter has never lost to England and has scored 167 points in the nine tests he has played in. Carter averages almost four penalty goals and three conversions per game against England, and is fourth equal highest All Black try scorer against England with a total of four.

His understudy Aaron Cruden has now played in 19 tests without a defeat. No other player in rugby test history has begun their career so well.

George Clancy has refereed the All Blacks on six occasions, with a result of four wins and two losses (against South Africa in Port Elizabeth, 2011 and France in Dunedin, 2009). He last refereed the All Blacks in their game against South Africa in Dunedin this year, and England in their Six Nations clash against Scotland in January (won 13-6). He has never before officiated an England v New Zealand test.

The 18 points kicked by Cruden against Wales are his most in a Test match - heading his 17 from the previous week.

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