Nine insightful facts from England’s famous win over All Blacks

2019-10-27T16:10:18+02:00October 26th, 2019|

Opta Sports’ facts from England’s 19-7 World Cup semi-final win against the All Blacks in Yokohama.

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– England beat New Zealand for the first time since 2012, ending a six-game losing streak against them; it was also the first time England have beaten them in a World Cup match (lost three).

– The All Blacks have lost a World Cup match for the first time since their 2007 quarter-final defeat to France; they had won a record 18 consecutive games in the tournament since that defeat.

– England have reached the World Cup final for the fourth time in their history, no side has reached that stage more often (level with New Zealand and Australia).

– Manu Tuilagi’s opening try for England came after just 98 seconds, the quickest try New Zealand have ever conceded in a World Cup match.


– Tuilagi has scored six tries for England this year, no other centre in Test rugby has scored as many tries in 2019.

– Sam Whitelock lost a World Cup match for the first time in his career, his 18-game winning run was the longest of any player in the tournament’s history.

– New Zealand were kept scoreless in the first half of a World Cup match for just the second time (also vs Australia in their 1991 quarter-final) and for the first time in any Test since their 2012 defeat to England.

– Lock Maro Itoje won three turnovers in a match for the third time at this year’s World Cup, no other player has managed that more than once at this edition of the tournament.


– England won 16 turnovers against New Zealand, the most by any side at this year’s World Cup and England’s second-most ever in a match at the tournament, also winning 16 against Japan back in 1987.