The best All Blacks of all

The Week Middle East - - News -

It’s of­fi­cial, says Paul Rees in The Ob­server. Sta­tis­ti­cally, at least, this All Blacks side are the great­est rugby team of all time. They reg­is­tered a record 18th con­sec­u­tive vic­tory last Satur­day, beat­ing Aus­tralia 37-10. (Cyprus have done bet­ter, with a record of 24 straight wins, but they only play the likes of Azer­bai­jan and Bul­garia.) At home, New Zealand are un­beaten in the pro­fes­sional era: this was their 45th vic­tory in a row at Eden Park. But that’s not to say that they’re in­fal­li­ble. They weren’t fir­ing on all cylin­ders against Aus­tralia, yet they have so many match-win­ners in the side that they still scored six tries. This team can play much bet­ter – and one sus­pects “the best is yet to come”.

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