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Rare wins over the All Blacks

John GriffithsMarch 10, 2014
The England pack gets to know New Zealand in 2003 © Getty Images
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Have any of the Home Unions ever recorded back-to-back wins against the All Blacks? David Hart, Scotland

Neither Ireland nor Scotland has ever defeated New Zealand at Test level, but both England and Wales can claim successive Test wins over the All Blacks.

You have to go back more than 60 years to find Wales' only double. They beat the 1935 All Blacks 13-12 through a late Geoffrey Rees-Jones try and followed it 18 years later with another late try win - scored by Newport's Ken Jones. That 13-8 victory in December 1953 put Wales 3-1 ahead in their fixtures with the All Blacks. The New Zealanders have never lost to Wales since and took the lead in the series during the two-Test rubber in 1969.

England's only back-to-back victories were in the lead-up to their Rugby World Cup triumph in 2003. They won 31-28 in the autumn international at Twickenham in 2002 and then beat the All Blacks 15-13 in June 2003 in Wellington.

Even the Lions have never won consecutive Tests in New Zealand. All told the British/Irish have run up six wins in 35 matches. Their best "sequence" was a 13-3 win at Wellington backed up by a 14-14 draw in Auckland in 1971 to win their only series against the All Blacks to date.

John Griffiths is a widely respected rugby historian and is the author of several sports books, a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and co-author of the IRB International Rugby Yearbook. He has provided insight for Scrum.com since 1999.

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John Griffiths is a widely respected rugby historian and is the author of several sports books, a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and co-author of the IRB International Rugby Yearbook. He has provided insight for Scrum.com since 1999.

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