Each week this All Blacks team is breaking so many records that many of them are not getting the sort of fanfare they deserve. In last night’s victory Ma’a Nonu became the 35th player to get 50 test caps for the All Blacks and Tony Woodcock became the most experienced test prop in All Black history. Both records were achieved with minimal fanfare. The exploits of the current team is bringing familiar criticism of the All Blacks notorious record of peak in between world cups and their inability to win the big trophy.
Here’s a list of some of the achievements and records the All Blacks have made or could possibly make in 2010.
Tony Woodcock overtook former team mate Greg Somerville as the most capped All Black prop, with 67 caps.
The nine wins in a row against the Wallabies is equal to their best streak against them, drawing with run the All Blacks had from 1936 to 1947.
Ma’a Nonu played his 50th test.
Joe Rokocoko became the most capped All Black wing of all time, over taking All Black greats John Kirwan and Jonah Lomu. His 46 test tries has him second on the All Black try scoring list, equal with Christian Cullen. Rokocoko needs 49 tries to be equal with Doug Howlett as the highest test try scorer for the All Blacks.
This season the All Blacks overtook France as having scored the most points and the most tries in test rugby. They did it in 200 fewer test matches.
Richie McCaw and Mils Muliaina both have 87 test caps. They are 5 short of Sean Fitzpatrick’s All Black test cap record of 92.
Richie McCaw now has Sean Fitzpatrick’s record of most wins by an All Black captain, and he’s about to pass his record of 51 tests as captain. Saturday’s test was McCaw’s 50th as All Black captain.
Saturday’s All Black starting 15 had a combined 717 test caps. They are three short of the world record of 720 test caps, set by Ireland in 2007.
Joe Rokocoko, Richie McCaw, Tony Woodcock and Mils Muliaina are now the most experienced All Black players ever in their respective positions.
Dan Carter became the first All Black to pass 1000 test points. He needs 65 more points to reach Jonny Wilkinson’s record of 1178.