England head coach Eddie Jones.
England head coach Eddie Jones. Gareth Fuller

England closing on All Blacks' record winning streak

RUGBY UNION: Those All Blacks-loving Kiwis have found a way to barrack for the Wallabies when they take on England this weekend.

It's always tough to pick a side when you want both nations to lose but there might be one good reason for Kiwis to support Australia at Twickenham, the New Zealand Herald says.

A Wallabies victory would snap England's winning streak, which is gaining ground on the All Blacks' tier-one record set earlier this season.

England is seeking a 14th-straight Test victory on Sunday (12.30am AEST), going back to its final pool game at last year's Rugby World Cup when it defeated Uruguay.

It has won 12 straight in 2016 under Eddie Jones and is seeking a fourth straight win over the Wallabies this season.

The All Blacks have swept the Wallabies 4-0 twice before - in 1962 and 2009.

New Zealand broke the tier-one world record with 18-straight Test victories when it defeated the Wallabies at Eden Park in October. The streak was broken by Ireland when it stunned the All Blacks 40-29 in Chicago last month.

If it wins this Sunday, England would need to go unbeaten through the Six Nations to break the All Blacks' record. England completed the Grand Slam earlier this year to win the Six Nations but hasn't done it in successive years since 1992.

England hosts France in the opening round of the Six Nations on February 4. A week later it heads to Cardiff to face Wales before hosting Italy and Scotland.

Should England win its first four Tests it will finish the Six Nations with a clash against Ireland - the only side to beat the All Blacks since they lifted the World Cup last year.

A win would give England 19 on the trot and the new record.


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