New Zealand’s one-eyed media may eat their words

You don't seem to know that the England XV which faced the Baa Bas had none of the players featuring in the Aviva final.

6 Jun 2014
Top five New Zealand v England Test matches

You see, there, you are speaking another language. I don't know what humble in victory looks like because when, England lose, none of the victorious crowds we encounter ever look particularly humble.

3 Jun 2014
Top five New Zealand v England Test matches

New Zealand's 1995 destruction of England is a companion piece to England's 1993 victory over them at Twickenham. It was that loss which prompted Mehrtens to claim that the English were "pr**ks to lose to", and is often given as a reason why they were so highly motivated to put England to the sword in 1995. English supporters tend to see the 1993 result in a different light. The British Lions, dominated by England players, had lost 2-1 in New Zealand over the summer and Twickenham was a chance to get one back. It was probably the first time the penny dropped that these All Blacks were adept at a few streetwise tricks, like lazy running, and our players were better able to react. There was also an infamous incident where Jamie Joseph stamped on Kyran Bracken's ankle, missed by the officials but caught on camera. Bracken says he was determined to stay on to make sure Matt Dawson didn't win his first cap. England didn't go into that 1995 game expecting a win. However, we'd just beaten Australia and had good hopes of matching the All Blacks, and a victory was just as much a possibility as it had been in 1993. What a rude awakening we got. No streetwise tricks needed for that win.

3 Jun 2014
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