All Blacks close in on all time try-scoring record

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With Tests to play against Italy, Ireland and France, the All Blacks are within touching distance of a significant rewrite of the records.

Their 89 tries scored to date are only three behind the world record of 92 tries scored by Argentina in 2003.

The list is:

92: Argentina (2003)

89: New Zealand (2021*)

81: New Zealand (2003)

      South Africa (2007)

80: New Zealand (2007)

      New Zealand (2016)

Should the All Blacks score another 12 tries on the tour, their 101 tries would break the world record average tries per Test set by the World Cup-winning 1987 All Blacks of 6.71 tries per game.

If they score another 31 points on the tour they will break the record for most points in a calendar year. That is 658, set by South Africa in 2007 when they played 17 Tests en route to their Rugby World Cup win.

The list is:

658: South Africa (2007)

644: England (2003)

628: New Zealand (2021*)

602: New Zealand (2003)

594: New Zealand (2007)

Should they convert three more tries in 2021 they will break the world record for most Test conversions in a calendar year. That stands at 62 by South Africa in 2007.

The list is:

62: South Africa (2007)

60: New Zealand (2016)

      New Zealand (2021*)

58: New Zealand (2003)

      New Zealand (2007)

57: New Zealand (2018)

The records for most penalty goals and most dropped goals are not under threat.

For the record, they are held by Wales who landed 62 penalty goals in 1999 with New Zealand second on the list with 56 landed in 2009.

England kicked 15 dropped goals in 2003 to head the list. New Zealand did not appear in the top 15 in this category.


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