Richie McCaw controls the ball for the Kiwis. Photo: Planet Rugby
Winning by three tries to two, New Zealand controlled the appalling conditions in the second half to defeat England 21-24 at Twickenham.
Nowhere near their best but so effective in the way they handled the weather, the All Blacks put away a spirited England side to make it six wins out of the last seven In London.
All Blacks Richie McCaw scores the winning try against the Springboks. Photo: Skysports
New Zealand overturned a half-time deficit to claim a 14-10 victory over South Africa in a thrilling Rugby Championship Test at Westpac Stadium on Saturday.
Only two tries were scored – one apiece – but the clash between the two best sides in the world lived up to its billing as the All Blacks were forced to hang on in a nail-biting finish to an outstanding contest.
All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw is congratulated by Aaron Cruden after scoring a try against Australia. Photo: Planet Rugby
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw, who already holds plenty of records, notably the most capped New Zealand Test player and the most experienced international forward ever to play the game, has taken a couple more.
McCaw, who scored two tries against the Wallabies, now has crossed the chalk 23 times.
Skipper Richie McCaw will start for the Crusaders against the Sharks. Photo: Skysports
Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder has made two changes to his starting XV that beat the Highlanders two weeks ago for Saturday’s Super Rugby semi-final against the Sharks.
Richie McCaw has recovered from injury to return to the line-up and will play on the blindside flank. That sees Jordan Taufua move to the bench and Luke Whitelock drop out of the matchday squad.
Corey Flynn will take the starting hooker spot for his 150th Crusaders game, with Ben Funnell providing back-up from the bench.