Despite two defeats on the trot, All Blacks achieve record-breaking year

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Will Jordan of the All Blacks dives over to score a try. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
Will Jordan of the All Blacks dives over to score a try. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

While they may have lost to both Ireland and France on their tour of Europe in November, the All Blacks have broken numerous records this year.

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The Rugby Championship winners played 15 Test matches during 2021, winning 12 and losing three for an 80% win percentage.

Other than those losses to Ireland and France, New Zealand also tasted defeat to the Springboks, going down 31-29 in on the Gold Coast in Australia.

As for the record broken, well they are impressive indeed.

  • The All Blacks became the first team to score 100 tries in an international season, ending on 101 overall.
  • The 720 points scored during their 15 Test is the most by a team during an international season.
  • Will Jordan's 15 tries during the season are the most by a player in 2021.
  • 70 conversions landed by All Black kickers is the most in an international season.

These numbers were bolstered, however, by two massive wins 102-0 versus Tonga in July and then 104-14 against the United States in November.

Despite that, they remain records that won't be broken anytime soon.

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