It’s been almost a decade and a half since the Wallabies last hoisted the Bledisloe Cup in victory. It’s no surprise, then, that most positive records in Bledisloe encounters fall the way of the All Blacks.
Australia will be keen to right the rot tonight – but there’s little evidence to indicate that the Wallabies are on track to end the cold, long winter they’ve been enduring.
So, just how dominant have the All Blacks been in the Bledisloe Cup to date? Take a look at the below figures and see for yourself.
5836 – Days since Australia last owned the silverware.
15 – The longest run of Cup series defences, enjoyed by the current All Blacks.
4 – Australia’s best run of defences, from 1998-2002.
27 – The longest reign in years. All Blacks from 1951-78 (12 defences).
1059 – The historic points differential. NZ have scored 3208 to Australia’s 2149
37 – NZ 43-6 (Wellington 1996); 21 – Aust 28-7 (Sydney 1999)
34 – Richie McCaw (NZ); 29 – Adam Ashley-Cooper (Aust)
27 – McCaw (NZ); 11 – George Gregan (Aust)
22 – Ashley-Cooper, Stephen Moore (Aust); 9 – Andrew Mehrtens, Justin Marshall (NZ)
Most points by an individual:
347 – Dan Carter (NZ); 176 – Matt Burke (Aust)
11 – McCaw (NZ); 9 – Ashley-Cooper (Aust)
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