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England and New Zealand are two towering rivals of international rugby that have enjoyed some thoroughly enthralling tussles over the years.
After four years the All Blacks return to Twickenham on 10 November to take on Eddie Jones' men in the 2018 Quilter Internationals, and ahead of the clash, we take a look back at five famous fixtures that graced the hallowed turf.
6 December 1997
England 26-26 New Zealand
New Zealand came into this game on the back of 11 consecutive Test wins, including three dominant tour victories: a 63-15 drubbing of Ireland, a 25-8 victory over England in Manchester and a one-sided 42-7 clash with Wales.
There had been 16 tries in just 240 minutes of rugby - one every quarter of an hour on average. England head coach Clive Woodward was searching for a maiden triumph in his fourth game in charge, and the All Blacks did not seem in any sort of mood to hand it over.
But England began brilliantly, as Lawrence Dallaglio, Richard Hill and wing David Rees each crossed to accumulate a 23-9 half time lead. However, mental grit and sheer bloody-mindedness have always been key attributes that make up New Zealand’s DNA.
As the game stretched in a fractured second half, the All Blacks turned the screw and tries for Walter Little and Andrew Mehrtens, who also kicked 16 points, ensured Woodward would have to wait 10 more weeks for that first success.
9 November 2002
England 31-28 New Zealand
If his tenure had embarked on a somewhat wobbly course, by 2002 Woodward had steadied England’s ship and transformed it into a world-beating vessel.
In fact, when John Mitchell brought his All Blacks side to Twickenham, the hosts were at their absolute peak. The personnel and the patterns that would form the bedrock of World Cup success the following year were in place and purring.
Of course, a major cog in that machine was fly half Jonny Wilkinson, and the then-Newcastle Falcon produced a complete masterclass. He landed two conversions, three penalties and a drop-goal to go with a stunning chip-and-chase try as England held off New Zealand.
Ben Cohen, in a phenomenal run of form, and Lewis Moody dotted down too as the tourists, despite tries from Danny Lee, Doug Howlett and Jonah Lomu - who snared a brace - fell short.
1 December 2012
England 38-21 New Zealand
The confident dismantling of Steve Hansen’s world champions was an early Christmas present for every England fan and remains something of a high point.
Founded on ferocious intensity up front, the opening exchanges were characterised by some startling physicality from the home side, who dominated the breakdown and set piece. Under immense pressure, New Zealand’s pack conceded a stream of penalties and Owen Farrell’s boot racked up a 15-0 lead at the break.
Influential pair Julian Savea and Kieran Read then replied with tries, but Manu Tuilagi wrestled momentum back for the hosts. The Leicester Tiger first set up Brad Barritt and Chris Ashton with powerful runs before picking off an interception to put England 35-14 in front.
Savea barged over late on, but Stuart Lancaster’s men would not be denied a record-breaking margin of victory.
16 November 2013
England 22 New Zealand 30
Where a solid start had buoyed England a year previously, they endured a nightmare beginning to proceedings 11 and a half months on.
Again Savea and Read were the tormentors-in-chief, the latter producing an astounding offload to set up his behemoth wing before going over close to the right touchline himself. Hell-bent on revenge and inspired on the occasion of Carter’s 100th cap, the All Blacks were 17-3 ahead after 17 minutes.
Shocked into action, the England pack then hauled themselves back into contention. Joe Launchbury, part of a simply brilliant engine room display alongside Courtney Lawes, dived on a loose ball from a scrum for his second Test try in as many weeks and Owen Farrell chipped away until the hosts led 22-20.
A superb win that would have represented England’s greatest ever comeback was just 17 minutes away, but Savea struck once more following Nonu’s sublime offload. Aaron Cruden converted before adding a late penalty to extinguish a valiant England challenge.
8 November 2014
England 21-24 New Zealand
Jonny May scored his first international try after just two minutes of this meet a year later. Receiving the ball on the halfway line, the winger ghosted around Conrad Smith and charged for the corner, evading a last-ditch cover tackle from Israel Daag to send the Twickenham crowd into raptures.
England missed a chance to double that lead on the 10 minute mark, as Mike Brown was unable to collect the pass of Kyle Eastmond for a certain score in the corner, and the All Blacks countered moments later with a try of their own courtesy of fly half Aaron Cruden.
Owen Farrell slotted two penalties, which were answered by two from the boot of Cruden, but England's fly half put his side back in the ascendancy on the stroke of half time with a third, to make it 14-11.
Momentum shifted to the visitors in the second half though as tries from captain Richie McCaw and replacement prop Charlie Faumuina, as well as a Beauden Barrett penalty, proved too much for England to stage a comeback. The home side did grab a late penalty try from a powerful scrum, but it wouldn't be enough.
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