The Vault: England v New Zealand

We take a look back at five famous England v New Zealand fixtures.

2018: ENG 15 - 16 NZ

England got off to a blistering start against the All Blacks at Twickenham as Chris Ashton flew over the whitewash after just two minutes.

Three quick carries from England's forwards off Ben Youngs got them over the gain line, before the scrum half threaded a pin-point pass over the heads of two Kiwis and into the path of Ashton, who dotted down for his first Test try in four years.

An Owen Farrell drop goal moments later was followed by a Dylan Hartley try, as the hooker barrelled over off the back of a monumental rolling maul, handing the home side a 15-0 lead.

A converted Damian McKenzie try and a Beauden Barrett penalty reduced the deficit to five points at half-time, before Barrett's second half drop goal and penalty gave the world champions a narrow lead.

A 75th minute Sam Underhill try was ruled out by the TMO who deemed Courtney Lawes had been fractionally offside from a charge down - which had been the catalyst for the score - and New Zealand held on for victory.

2014: ENG 21 - 24 NZ

Four years earlier England had an equally quick start to their clash with New Zealand, as a then eight cap Jonny May scored his first Test try, and what a score it was.

Receiving the ball on the halfway line, May was untouched as he arced around Conrad Smith and cantered into the kiwi 22. At top speed, he flirted with the touchline, and avoided the covering tackle of Israel Dagg to dot down.

Aaron Cruden crossed for New Zealand, and later answered two Owen Farrell penalties with two of his own, before Farrell gave England one more on the stroke of half-time.

Second half tries courtesy of captain Richie McCaw and Charlie Faumuina handed the world champions the ascendancy, rendering a late England penalty try a consolation.

2012: ENG 38 - 21 NZ

England secured their first win over the All Blacks in nine years thanks to a dominant display at Twickenham.

Three Owen Farrell penalties and a drop goal handed England a 12-0 half-time lead. But New Zealand, who were unbeaten in 20 matches, pulled back through the converted tries of Julian Savea and Kieran Read.

Brad Barritt scored his first Test try after linking well with centre partner Manu Tuilagi, and Tuilagi also assisted with the next England score four minutes later, bursting through the Kiwi defence from a lineout he shrugged off would be tackles to set up Chris Ashton.

He then bagged one himself, intercepting the pass of Read to run unopposed to the line to make it 30-14. A couple of Freddie Burns penalties came before a late consolation Savea try, and England won by 17 points.

2003: ENG 15 - 13 NZ

England bagged a 15-13 win over the All Blacks in Wellington, their first in New Zealand for 30 years.

onny Wilkinson proved the difference, imperious with the boot, notching up four penalties and a drop goal as his opposite man Carlos Spencer managed eight points.

England's performance was clinical, and defence superb, as they were reduced to 13 men midway through the second half as referee Stuart Dickinson sent Neil Back and Lawrence Dallaglio to the sin bin.

A late Doug Howlett try narrowed the gap, but England held on for a famous victory.

2002: ENG 31 - 28 NZ

England recorded only their fifth-ever victory over New Zealand, running out 31-28 winners at Twickenham.

Three Jonny Wilkinson penalties were answered by two converted Kiwi tries, courtesy of Jonah Lomu and Doug Howlett. But another Wilkinson three-pointer and a Lewis Moody score gave Clive Woodward's men a 17-14 half-time lead.

Then the momentum swing, as England registered 14 points in the opening eight minutes of the second half.

Taking penalty advantage, Wilkinson eyed up a drop goal before feigning and chipping a kick over the All Black defence - he ran onto it and dived over the line for a try. Moments later Ben Cohen streaked away for a score of his own and England were 31-14 up.

Another try for Jonah Lomu and a first for Danny Lee set up an intense finish, but England grinded out a famous Twickenham win.

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