Awesome All Blacks - New Zealand's 17-match winning run in numbers

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New Zealand stand on the brink of history as the world champions prepare to face Australia, knowing victory this weekend will see them set a record.

The All Blacks will move on to 18 wins in succession should they prevail at Eden Park in the third Bledisloe Cup Test.

That would represent the best streak in tier-one rugby history.

Here we take a look at some of the numbers behind a remarkable sequence of results.

 

3 - This is the third time the southern hemisphere nation have enjoyed a 17-match winning spell.

23 - Steve Hansen's side are still six games short of tying their record for matches unbeaten.

42 - The All Blacks have not just been winning games, they have also been racking up big scores, averaging 42 points per match.

98 - Just two tries are needed against the Wallabies to bring their total during this run to the century mark.

3 - Only a trio of their clashes have been against nations outside of tier one (Tonga, Namibia, Georgia).

2 - Captain Kieran Read and winger Ben Smith are the only players to have featured in all 17 fixtures.

144 - Beauden Barrett has been the most prolific points scorer, with the now-retired Dan Carter (98) a long way back.

13 - Julian Savea takes the honours for tries scored, proving 13 is not unlucky for everyone.

50 - New Zealand have called on enough players to have fielded three entirely different line-ups, with some replacements left over for good measure.

2 - The run has seen the All Blacks add a pair of trophies to the cabinet, with the 2015 World Cup and 2016 Rugby Championship secured.

18 - The magic number that would underline their dominance of world rugby.