England will equal the All Black record of 18 straight wins if they beat Scotland this weekend and surpass it if they beat Ireland the following weekend.
Expect the English press to hail them as the best Rugby team in the world.
English rugby has enjoyed a resurgence under Australian coach Eddie Jones
But here is what the Kiwi fans will tell you;
England will not have beaten the ABs in taking the record. In fairness, the All Blacks didn’t didn’t beat England either. Their last World Cup victory didn’t include beating England because England was bundled out in the quarter-finals.
In the 21-year professional era, the All Blacks have lost only 36 games. Next fewest losses are the 84 England have sustained.
Since the World Rugby rankings were introduced after the 2003 Rugby World Cup the All Blacks have only ranked lower than second for one week.
England, the World Cup champions in 2003 held No.1 for 34 weeks. South Africa around the time of their 2007 World Cup success were No.1 for 59 weeks. But for the remaining 600 weeks, the All Blacks have been No.1.
As the great Viv Richard said, “Form comes and goes, class is forever.”
Ian Kirkpatrick and Colin Meads
Buck Shelford and Waka Nathan
Dan Carter and Jonah Lomu
S onny Bill Williams and Richie McCaw