English rugby union stands upon the brink of surpassing the All Blacks’ all time winning streak, after winning their 18th straight test match against Scotland on Saturday.
The Red Rose were utterly dominant in a crushing defeat over Scotland, 61-21, at Twickenham. The victory also secured a second straight Six Nations title for England, with a game in hand, only the sixth team to secure such a feat.
The win, ties England with New Zealand’s all time record, who achieved their own 18 match winning streak only recently through 2015-2016, which included their 2015 Rugby World Cup triumph.
The All Blacks’ own impressive streak was broken last year by Ireland at Chicago’s Soldier Field, in an enormous upset.
Coincidently, if England is to surpass the All Blacks’ record, they must beat Ireland in Dublin to reach that elusive 19th straight win. Heading into the final matchup of the 2017 Six Nations, Ireland currently sit in second place, four points adrift of England, but on equal points with France and only a single point clear of Scotland and Wales.
England’s streak commenced immediately following their embarrassing departure from the pool stage of the 2015 World Cup, a tournament they hosted with high expectations.
One criticism of England’s remarkable streak, is that Eddie Jones’ men have not faced the might of the world’s best team, the All Blacks. The New Zealand Herald’s, Cameron McMillan wrote, “England’s current streak of 17 wins has one obvious omission however – the All Blacks. It improves you’re chances of creating a winning run if you don’t play the best team.”
McMillan went on to compile a comprehensive statistical breakdown, which noted among numerous stats, that the All Blacks averaged 41.7 points per game, whilst England averaged 32.9. Also, New Zealand held oppositions under 14 points on 9 occasions, England 6 times.
In fact in every statistical breakdown offered, the All Blacks’ streak came out looking by far the stronger. However, as McMillan concluded, “As it stands the All Blacks record is more impressive and will still be should England win (vs Ireland). But the most important statistic is the wins total and England can pass New Zealand with a victory in Ireland next weekend.”
History is on the line.