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Test winning record - 14 down, 5 to go for AllBlacks

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James Mortimer     23 Sep 2012     Getty Images

The All Blacks in 2005 had just beaten the British and Irish Lions 3-0, but tripped up against the Springboks in Cape Town in the first test of that year's Tri-Nations, although the following week they defeated the Wallabies 30-13 in Sydney, which started a run of 15 straight test wins.

A one-point loss to the Springboks in Rustenburg in the final match of the 2006 Tri-Nations broke that streak.

Four years later the All Blacks were coming off a 0-3 loss against the Springboks, and made a statement in their next test when beating the Wallabies 33-6 in Wellington.

That started another unbeaten run, but it would be the Australians who would end that streak, defeating the All Blacks 26-24 in Hong Kong.

The current record for consecutive test wins has been set by Lithuania, beating Serbia 77-5 to record an 18th consecutive test victory and surpass the previous record in the men's Game held by New Zealand and South Africa.

The All Blacks had set the record of 17 consecutive test matches between 18 September 1965 and 6 June 1969, a sequence ended with a 17-6 loss to South Africa in Pretoria in July 1970, and over two decades later the Springboks, then world champions after their success at RWC 1995, equalled this run between 23 August 1997 and 29 November 1998 with England's 13-7 win at Twickenham a week later denying them the record.

The current All Blacks under Richie McCaw (they were under his command for the last streak and towards the end of the run before that) have won 14, and wins in Argentina and South Africa will allow them to break the records set by their recent counterparts.

Victory in Brisbane for the third Bledisloe Cup test, and against Scotland and Italy at the beginning of their end of year tour would give them a new world record.

Previous All Blacks teams were unable to win World Cups, something the core of this side has achieved, and if they were to surpass the feats of Lithuania, with a population similar to New Zealand, then it would be a significant contribution to the legacy that the likes of Richie McCaw and others dearly wish to add to.

Current World Record - 18

LITHUANIA (27/05/06-24/04/10)

27/05/06 - Hungary 17-23 Lithuania
28/10/06 - Lithuania 37-15 Norway
18/11/06 - Bulgaria 10-50 Lithuania
19/05/07 - Austria 0-27 Lithuania
02/06/07 - Lithuania 36-7 Hungary
27/10/07 - Lithuania - 64-3 Bulgaria
13/04/08 - Lithuania 43-17 Latvia
03/05/08 - Lithuania 48-0 Austria
17/05/08 - Hungary 12-13 Lithuania
07/06/08 - Norway 9-40 Lithuania
08/11/08 - Andorra 10-26 Lithuania
15/11/08 - Lithuania 33-0 Switzerland
02/05/09 - Lithuania 50-9 Serbia
09/05/09 - Armenia 19-24 Lithuania
23/05/09 - Israel 3-19 Lithuania
06/06/09 - Lithuania 6-3 Netherlands
10/10/09 - Lithuania 40-12 Andorra
24/04/10 - Serbia 5-77 Lithuania

Records by Tier One Nations - 16 by NZ and SA


NEW ZEALAND (18/09/65 - 14/06/69)

18/09/65 - New Zealand 20-3 South Africa
16/07/66 - New Zealand 20-3 British & Irish Lions
06/08/66 - New Zealand 16-12 British & Irish Lions
27/08/66 - New Zealand 19-6 British & Irish Lions
10/09/66 - New Zealand 24-11 British & Irish Lions
19/08/67 - New Zealand 29-9 Australia
04/11/67 - England 11-23 New Zealand
11/11/67 - Wales 6-13 New Zealand
25/11/67 - France 15-21 New Zealand
02/12/67 - Scotland 3-14 New Zealand
15/06/68 - Australia 11-27 New Zealand
22/06/68 - Australia 18-19 New Zealand
13/07/68 - New Zealand 12-9 France
27/07/68 - New Zealand 9-3 France
10/08/68 - New Zealand 19-12 France
31/05/69 - New Zealand 19-0 Wales
14/06/69 - New Zealand 33-12 Wales

SOUTH AFRICA (23/08/97 - 28/11/98)

23/08/97 - South Africa 61-22 Australia
08/11/97 - Italy 31-62 South Africa
15/11/97 - France 32-36 South Africa
22/11/97 - France 10-52 South Africa
29/11/97 - England 11-29 South Africa
06/12/97 - Scotland 10-68 South Africa
13/06/98 - South Africa 37-13 Ireland
20/06/98 - South Africa 33-0 Ireland
27/06/98 - South Africa 96-13 Wales
04/07/98 - South Africa 18-0 England
18/07/98 - Australia 13-14 South Africa
25/07/98 - New Zealand 3-13 South Africa
15/08/98 - South Africa 24-23 New Zealand
22/08/98 - South Africa 29-15 Australia
14/11/98 - Wales 20-28 South Africa
21/11/98 - Scotland 10-35 South Africa
29/11/98 - Ireland 13-27 South Africa