British Lions

All Blacks v Lions: By the numbers

2017-07-07 08:25
Kieran Read (Getty)

Wellington - Key numbers ahead of the winner-takes-all third Test decider between the All Blacks and British and Irish Lions in Auckland on Saturday:

23 - Years since the All Blacks lost a Test match at Eden Park, when France claimed a 23-20 win in July 1994. The winning streak now extends to 38 Tests

19 - Years since the All Blacks lost back-to-back Test matches on home soil, going down 13-3 to South Africa in Wellington then 27-23 to Australia in Christchurch in 1998

8 - Years since a single team inflicted two straight losses on the New Zealanders, when South Africa did the double in Bloemfontein and Durban, winning 28-19 and 31-19 in 2009

6 - Years since the All Blacks lost back-to-back Test matches, the last time was when an 18-5 defeat against the Springboks in Port Elizabeth in August 2011 was followed by a 25-20 loss to Australia in Brisbane the following month.

1 - The number of Test series wins notched by the Lions in 11 previous attempts in New Zealand, when the John Dawes-led 1971 team battled to a 2-1 victory with one drawn Test

0 - The amount of times the Lions have won back-to-back Tests against New Zealand. They came closest with a win followed by a draw in 1971

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