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England versus New Zealand: Head-to-head preview

29 November 2012

  • All the facts and figures you need to know ahead of Saturday's clash
  • Get up to speed on where and when to watch and who to look out for
England face up to the Haka

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On Saturday the reigning world champions New Zealand will visit Twickenham for England’s final challenge of the QBE Internationals. The All Blacks have not lost in 20 games, while England have narrowly missed out on wins against Australia and South Africa in recent weeks. Here are all the vital facts and stats that you need to know ahead of the game.

When? Saturday, December 1
Where? Twickenham, Middlesex
Kick-off? 2.30pm (UK time)

How to keep up with the action

  • Live on Sky Sports 1 from 2pm
  • Live commentary on BBC 5 live Sports Extra and online
  • Highlights on BBC Three, Saturday 7-8pm
  • Live text commentary on the free RFU iPhone app (search the app store for Official RFU)
  • Live score updates from @Official_RFU on Twitter
  • Match report, post-match interviews and highlights on

The teams


15 Alex Goode (Saracens); 14 Chris Ashton (Saracens); 13 Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers); 12 Brad Barritt (Saracens); 11 Mike Brown (Harlequins); 10 Owen Farrell (Saracens); 9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers); 1 Alex Corbisiero (London Irish); 2 Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers); 3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers); 4 Joe Launchbury (London Wasps); 5 Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers); 6 Tom Wood (Northampton Saints); 7 Chris Robshaw (Harlequins); 8 Ben Morgan (Gloucester)

Replacements: 16 David Paice (London Irish); 17 David Wilson (Bath); 18 Mako Vunipola (Saracens); 19 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints); 20 James Haskell (London Wasps); 21 Danny Care (Harlequins); 22 Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby); 23 Jonathan Joseph (London Irish)

New Zealand

15 Israel Dagg (Crusaders); 14 Cory Jane (Hurricanes); 13 Conrad Smith  (Hurricanes) ; 12 Ma’a Nonu (Hurricanes); 11 Julien Savea (Hurricanes); 10 Dan Carter (Crusaders); 9 Aaron Smith (Highlanders); 1 Tony Woodcock (Highlanders); 2 Kevin Mealamu (Auckland Blues); 3 Owen Franks (Crusaders); 4 Sam Whitelock (Crusaders); 5 Brodie Retallick (Chiefs); 6 Liam Messam (Chiefs); 7 Richie McCaw (Crusaders); 8 Kieran Read (Crusaders)

Replacements: 16 Dane Coles (Hurricanes); 17 Wyatt Crockett (Crusaders); 18 Charlie Faumina (Auckland Blues); 19 Luke Romano (Crusaders); 20 Victor Vito (Hurricanes); 21 Piri Weepu (Hurricanes); 22 Aaron Cruden (Hurricanes); 23 Ben Smith (Highlanders)


England training ahead of NZ game

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What the coaches say

England coach Stuart Lancaster:

“We asked for a big response from the players after Australia and we got one last Saturday against South Africa, although ultimately we were denied. That frustration has been channelled this week and the whole squad has reacted with a determination to get a victory against the top team in the world.”

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen:

"There is huge motivation within the team to finish the season off on a high and real excitement ahead of this weekend, with a packed house at Twickenham always a great occasion,” Hansen told Sky Sports.

"We know that the English will lift themselves for their final match of the year, especially following their two recent narrow defeats and we need to be prepared to match them in all facets.

"They (England) are big men and they are probably one of the biggest packs that we will come up against. They will bring a physical, combative game, there is no question about where they are going to come. They will have one-off runners and two runners round the corner so they are going to come straight at you."

Head to head

  • Played 34, England won 6, New Zealand won 27, drawn 1
  • Highest score – England 31-28 in 2002, New Zealand  64-22 in 1998
  • Biggest win – England 13-0 in 1936, New Zealand 64-22 in 1998

Previous four meetings

  • 2008 – New Zealand 44-12 England
  • 2008 – England 6- 32 New Zealand
  • 2009 – England 6-19 New Zealand
  • 2010 – England 16-26 New Zealand

England key facts

  • IRB world ranking: 5th
  • Most capped player in history: Jason Leonard (114 caps, 1990-2004)
  • Most capped player in the squad: Danny Care (35 caps, 2008-2012)
  • Most consecutive test wins: 14 (2002 to 2003)

New Zealand key facts

  • IRB world ranking: 1st
  • Most capped player in history: Richie McCaw (115 caps, 2001-2012)
  • Most capped player in squad: Richie McCaw (115 caps, 2001-2012)
  • Most consecutive test wins: 17, (1965-1969)


Cohen scores against New Zealand

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Did you know?

  • Four of England’s six wins over New Zealand have been played out on home soil. They have lost 16 games to the All Blacks in England (one draw).
  • England’s 18% win rate versus New Zealand is their worst against any nation, a 33% win rate over South Africa is their next worst.
  • England have lost each of their last nine meetings with New Zealand. Their last victory, a 15-13 win, came in Wellington in 2003.
  • In their last three meetings with New Zealand, all of which were held at Twickenham, England have mustered just one try.
  • New Zealand last suffered defeat in August 2011, when they lost 25-20 to Australia in Brisbane. Since then, they have won 19 Tests and drawn one.
  • In their three Tests in November, the All Blacks touched down on 14 occasions and racked up 126 points. 
  • Dan Carter has kicked over 244 penalties in his Test career, only Neil Jenkins (248) and Jonny Wilkinson (255) have slotted more.
  • Conrad Smith has the best win % of any player to have played 50 or more Test matches, ending up on the winning side with New Zealand 89% of the time.
  • New Zealand are looking to score their 100th try against England, scoring an average of 2.9 per game in their previous 34 meetings.