All Blacks chasing record test winning streak
irb.com and James Mortimer 15 Sep 2012 Getty Images
Their longest unbeaten streak came between 1987 and 1990, when they put together a run of 23 games without a loss, tempered by a 19-19 draw with
Australia in July 1988.
New Zealand require just eight more points the break the 1,000 point barrier in The Investec Rugby Championship (including Tri-Nations) matches against South Africa.
Now unbeaten in 13 Tests, New Zealand have scored an average of 30 points in their last five fixtures, conceding on average just nine points.
Having gone through the Rugby World Cup and Steinlager Series against Ireland unbeaten, Australia remain the last team to beat New Zealand in any competition, having beaten them last year.
New Zealand’s last loss at home to the Springboks came in Hamilton in September 2009, when they were beaten 32-29.
That loss remains the last time the All Blacks lost at home and they have gone on to record 22 consecutive home victories since then.
In total, South Africa have beaten the All Blacks nine times at New Zealand venues. The Springboks have beaten the All Blacks in the city of Dunedin on just one occasion in nine attempts. That came in 2008, when they beat the home side 30-28 at Carisbrook.
New Zealand have an 84% win ratio in the city of Dunedin, losing just five Tests over a period of 80 years.