All Blacks 7, Opposition 0

The All Blacks remain undefeated in 2006 having secured both Bledisloe and Tri-Nations trophies after a ferocious Eden Park test against Australia on 19 August. The victory puts Graham Henry’s team on the verge of breaking a record that has stood for 36 years. For five unparalleled years the likes of Brian Lochore, Kel Tremain, Ken Gray, Colin Meads, Ian Kirkpatrick, Fergie McCormick, Chris Laidlaw and Earle Kirton reigned supreme, unbeaten from 1965-70. No All Blacks team – until now – has come close to rivalling this record. For a period in the late-1980s New Zealand was unbeaten in 23 games, but that stretch featured win sequences of 12 and 10, interrupted by a 19-19 draw against Australia. The current All Blacks is on a winning run of 14 tests. If they can win their two upcoming matches against the Springboks they will be on 16 wins, one test away from what was considered an unreachable mark.


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