Ahead of their opening Tri-Nations match of the year, against South Africa in Wellington on Saturday, we take a statistical look at New Zealand's successes and failures.
With a history extending more than a century, New Zealand's national team, the All Blacks, is the most successful international rugby team of all time.
It is also one of the most successful teams in world sport, with a winning Test record of 75 percent.
The All Blacks won the inaugural World Cup in 1987 and play Australia and South Africa annually in the Tri-Nations tournament, which New Zealand has won 10 times in 15 years, including from 2005 to 2008 and in 2010.
The All Blacks have also secured four Grand Slams against the Home Nations, in 1978, 2005, 2008 and 2010.
Coach Graham Henry and his assistants Wayne Smith and Steve Hansen have coached the All Blacks since 2004 and have extended the team's winning record in that time to 86 percent.
In 2010, the All Blacks were again named IRB Team of the Year and Henry won his fourth IRB Coach of the Year Award.
New Zealand is currently also ranked No.1 on the IRB standings, a position they have held unchallenged since November 2009. The last team to be ranked above them was South Africa, who briefly held the No.1 spot from July to November that year - after victories against the B&I Lions and the Tri-Nations.
* Meanwhile, the six points scored by Daniel Carter against Fiji last week has now seen him move to just two points from again becoming the highest points scorer in Test history.
Carter is on 1,194 Test points with England's Jonny Wilkinson on 1,195 points.
New Zealand versus South Africa through the ages:
Played (from Saturday, 13 August 1921 to Saturday, 21 August 2010): 81
New Zealand won 45
South Africa won 33
NZ v SA in New Zealand:
NZ won 26
SA won Nine
NZ v SA in Wellington:
NZ won seven
SA won three
Top 10 on the IRB World rankings:
1 New Zealand 93.19
2 Australia 86.65
3 South Africa 85.24
4 Ireland 82.51
5 England 82.48
6 France 82.06
7 Wales 79.55
8 Argentina 78.97
9 Scotland 77.35
10 Samoa 74.55
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