England v New Zealand
Head to Head - England v New Zealand
November 25, 2008
Tana Umaga bursts through the tackle of opposite number Jamie Noon, England v New Zealand, Autumn International, Twickenham, November 19 2005.
Skipper Tana Umaga in action against England during New Zealand's Grand Slam tour in 2005 © Getty Images
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England will entertain New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday, with the latest chapter in a long rivalry potentially giving a Grand Slam tour to the All Blacks.

Graham Henry's side will roll in to Twickenham with history on their side, as the All Blacks have triumphed in 20 of the 27 meetings between the sides, and have not lost at Twickenham since Clive Woodward's World Cup winner's triumphed 31-28 in 2002.

The last meetings between the sides ended with a heavy series win for New Zealand in the summer of 2008, with a side managed by Rob Andrew going down 37-20 and 44-12 in Auckland and Christchurch. They will no provide the last barrier to the All Blacks' Grand Slam quest.

England v New Zealand Match Facts:

  • England and New Zealand have played 31 times since their first meeting at Crystal Palace in 1905, which New Zealand won 15-0.
  • New Zealand lead the series 24-6 with one draw, which was 26-26 at Twickenham in 1997.
  • Dan Carter scored a record 26 points for New Zealand in the All Blacks' 41-20 win at Twickenham in November 2006.
  • Carter has scored 120 points in the six Tests he has started against England. In those matches, the average score is: Carter 20 England 15.
  • England's record points scorer for the fixture is Jonny Wilkinson, who scored 21 points in a 32-31 victory in November 2002.
  • New Zealand will seal a third grand slam tour of the British Isles with victory at Twickenham. Their only other successful grand slam tours were in 1978 and 2005.
  • England manager Martin Johnson was picked for the New Zealand Colts' 1991 tour to Australia, after impressing selectors during a stint playing for Kings Country.
  • England's squad contains two players born in New Zealand - inside centre Riki Flutey and hooker Dylan Hartley.

England v New Zealand Match Stats

Played 27; England won six; New Zealand won 20; one drawn match

First Test: England 0-15 New Zealand, Crystal Palace, December 2, 1985

Latest Test: New Zealand 44-12 England, Lancaster Park, June 21, 2008

Drawn Test match: England 26-26 New Zealand, Twickenham, December 6 1997

England's biggest winning margin: 13 points, England 13-0 New Zealand, Twickenham, January 4, 1936

New Zealand's biggest winning margin: 42 points, New Zealand 64-22 England, Carisbrook, June 20, 1998

New Zealand's winning sequence: Six tests, June 12 2004 to present day

Click here for a complete breakdown of all the previous clashes between England and New Zealand

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