All season the All Blacks have left carnage and deflation in their wake but nothing could compare to the devastation they left here in Dublin last night when they completed the perfect season in the most dramatic fashion imaginable.
Enjoyable as it has been to wallow in Jonny Wilkinson’s World Cup-winning dropped goal from 10 years ago, the seminal moment on the minds of current players and coaches in recent days was an offload by an All Black last weekend.
New Zealand within 80 minutes of finishing 2013 in the unbeaten
The Joes, Launchbury and Marler, left disappointed by defeat but both showed England’s competitive hunger
Where do you consider England's traditional strengths lie? That's right, the set-piece, the less than glamorous areas on which success is founded. Where did it go wrong for England yesterday when the outcome hung in the balance, midway through the second half? That's right, the set-piece or, with regard to the scrum, the lack of it.
Hosts fought back from a 14 point deficit to lead but wing Savea bagged two tries to earn gruelling victory
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England's young fly-half will have to nail his kicks and cramp the style of his opposite number Dan Carter
The humbling turn of events played out for the men in black before a disbelieving Twickenham a year ago will play no part in their preparations
The England head coach also hopes that the capacity Twickenham crowd will carry his team to victory against the world champions
Forget the scrummaging machine and the midfield playbook; make way for the stethoscope, the thermometer and the neurocognitive assessment kit. This weekend’s “vengeance match” between England and New Zealand already has the makings of a medical drama as well as a sporting one, with the home camp expressing concern over the concussion suffered by the loose-head prop Joe Marler during the victory over Argentina three days ago and the tourists taking every anti-virus precaution under the sun.
England's coach needs a settled spine to his team for the coming challenge but questions remain over the No 9
Argentina are exploring the four corners of the earth. Since late summer the Pumas have roamed the southern hemisphere, to South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. Now it is time for the northern hemisphere, the air miles ticking ever upwards.
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'We had to get the cobwebs out of our system and to do that while winning against a top team was great,' says England captain