Throughout the history of rugby, there was always one team that dominated the rest: New Zealand. Facing the powerful men in black is synonymous with a difficult match. Not for nothing they stayed with the first Rugby World Cup, held in 1987 and were the first to lift three World Cups, along with those of 2011 and 2015, thus being the only ones to have won two trophies in a row.
So high is the power of the All Blacks, that very few are the selected ones who achieved a victory over them. Between 1903 and until last Saturday, only 6 teams beat the powerful New Zealanders. From November 14, 2020, after the victory by 25 to 17 in the first presentation in the Tres Nations, Argentina became the seventh member of the select group that once went on top of the scoreboard against New Zealand.
The rest of those selected that make it up are:
Australia: The Wallabies faced the All Blacks 170 times and are the team that beat them the most with 45 victories. The last one, on November 7, 24-22 and the most remembered was in 1991, for the semifinal of the World Cup that was played in England. At that time, the Australians beat the New Zealanders 16-6.
South Africa: They were the only ones who managed to beat them in a World Cup final, in 1995, in what was the first title for the Springboks and is the most important victory they had over the men in black. They achieved 36 victories in 99 games, the last being on matchday 4 of the last Rugby Championship by 36 to 34.
France: The French national team, the European who triumphed over New Zealand the most times, obtained 12 victories in 61 games played. The most remembered of the 12 are the semifinals of the 1999 World Cup, 43 to 31 and is considered one of the best matches in rugby history. The other occurred in the quarterfinals of the 2007 World Cup, in which the French took the match 20-18 on the last play of the match.
England: La Rosa came face to face 42 times and won 8. The last, and also the most remembered, took place in the last World Cup, 19 to 7.
The others that make up this group are Welsh, three times, Ireland, twice, and Argentina, a single victory.