England and New Zealand's national rugby union teams have been facing each other in test matches since 1905, with a total of 38 Test matches played since then. The first match between the two countries occurred on December 2, 1905, when the All Blacks were in England as a consequence of the Rugby World Cup. The All Blacks won that game 30-3.
New Zealand has won 19 times and lost 9 games against England. The All Blacks' record champion is no doubt very clear: they have won 17 out of the last 18 tests they have played against England (including the World Cup).
The last match between these two famous teams was held at Eden Park, Auckland on October 4, 2015. The All Blacks beat England 34-13 to win their 16th consecutive test match against England. This is the longest winning streak for either team in history. The All Blacks will play Australia in Melbourne on November 5 for their next test match. England will play France in London on the same day.
New Zealand is one of the top nations in the world of rugby. They have won the World Cup once in 1987. Before this victory, they had been undefeated in 15 attempts. They also hold the record for most tries in a match with 22. In addition, they have the best defense in rugby union with only six defeats over the course of 38 matches.
England also plays an important role in international rugby.
Auckland won the National Provincial Competition by defeating Canterbury 44-8, while Waikato won the Rugby League Cup at the end of the season. In 1998, New Zealand's national rugby league team played six Test matches, beating Australia 22-16 at North Harbour Stadium in the ANZAC Test on April 24th, before losing 12-30 and 16-36 in October. The Kiwis also lost 8-28 in Christchurch in February 1999.
New Zealand debuted against Australia on March 15th, 1998, at North Harbour Stadium, Auckland. The match was part of the 1997-98 Kangaroo Tour and New Zealand won 10-12. This was followed by two Tests in New Zealand, where they lost 2-6 and 4-10. In June, the Kiwis went to England for a three-match series. They lost 0-54, 1-46 and 3-60 before returning home.
In 1999, New Zealand again played England for three matches, winning 2-4, 0-40 and 3-26. Then came another series against Australia, this time four matches, which the Australians won 4-0. New Zealand finished their international season with a loss to France 18-20.
Overall, New Zealand had five wins, three losses and one draw from their eight games, scoring 138 points and conceding 92. Andrew Ettie was the coach for both the Kangaroos' and Kiwis' tours. Gordon Hunter was the captain for the Kiwis.
Rugby is New Zealand's national sport. Their formidable national rugby team, known as the Black Shaves, has won the Rugby World Cup THREE TIMES (1987, 2011, and 2015), more than any other team in the world. In addition to winning the World Cup, the Black Shaves have also won the Tri-Nations title twice, which is their own version of the World Cup.
New Zealand is also the home of American football. The New Zealand Warriors are one of eight teams that compete in the Australian Football League (AFL). The league is similar to our NFL in that there are several different teams that play separate games against each other during the regular season before the champion is decided. The Warriors have never won the AFL championship but do hold the record for the longest losing streak in AFL history at 34 games.
New Zealand is also the home of baseball. The only major professional baseball team based in New Zealand is the Auckland Bluebirds, who play in the Australian Baseball League. The team was founded in 2000 and plays its home games at Eden Park, which is also the home of the cricket team. The Bluebirds are no longer able to pay their players so they employ them directly by the game. This means that if you show up at some of their games without having played in an official baseball game beforehand, the Bluebirds will not hire you!