History of rugby union matches between Italy and New Zealand

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The All Blacks first played against Italy at the opening game of the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987, beating them 70-6 at Eden Park, Auckland. The two teams have played a total of twelve Test matches recognized by both sides as full internationals, with New Zealand winning all of them by an average margin of 51 points. The two sides have been in the same pool in five of the eight Rugby World Cup tournaments to date. The first 11 meetings between the two sides since their first clash in 1987 were never played at the same venue, then two tests had been held back to back at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

Summary[edit]

Note: Summary below reflects test results by both teams.

Overall[edit]

Details Played Won by
 Italy
Won by
 New Zealand
Drawn Italy points New Zealand points
In New Zealand 3 0 3 0 22 161
In Italy 6 0 6 0 61 315
Neutral venue 4 0 4 0 45 278
Overall 13 0 13 0 128 754

Records[edit]

Note: Date shown in brackets indicates when the record was or last set.

Record Italy New Zealand
Longest winning streak NA 13 (22 May 1987–Present)
Largest points for
Home 19 (25 November 2000) 70 (22 May 1987)
Away 21 (13 October 1991) 101 (14 October 1999)
Largest winning margin
Home NA 64 (22 May 1987)
Away NA 98 (14 October 1999)

Results[edit]

No. Date Venue Score Winner Competition
13 12 November 2016 Stadio Olimpico, Rome 10 – 68  New Zealand 2016 end-of-year internationals
12 17 November 2012 Stadio Olimpico, Rome 10 – 42  New Zealand 2012 end-of-year internationals
11 14 November 2009 San Siro Stadium, Milan 6 – 20  New Zealand 2009 end-of-year internationals
10 27 June 2009 AMI Stadium, Christchurch 27 – 6  New Zealand 2009 mid-year internationals
9 8 September 2007 Stade Vélodrome, Marseille 76 – 14  New Zealand 2007 Rugby World Cup
8 13 November 2004 Stadio Flaminio, Rome 10 – 59  New Zealand 2004 end-of-year internationals
7 11 October 2003 Colonial Stadium, Melbourne, Australia 70 – 7  New Zealand 2003 Rugby World Cup
6 8 June 2002 Waikato Stadium, Hamilton 64 – 10  New Zealand 2002 Italy rugby union tour
5 25 November 2000 Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa 19 – 56  New Zealand 2000 end-of-year internationals
4 14 October 1999 McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield 101 – 3  New Zealand 1999 Rugby World Cup
3 28 October 1995 Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, Bologna 6 – 70  New Zealand
2 13 October 1991 Welford Road Stadium, Leicester 31 – 21  New Zealand 1991 Rugby World Cup
1 22 May 1987 Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand 70 – 6  New Zealand 1987 Rugby World Cup

XV Results[edit]

Below is a match that Italy has awarded test match status by virtue of awarding caps, but New Zealand did not award caps.

Date Venue Score Victor Competition Comments
28 November 1979 Rovigo 12 – 18  New Zealand 1979 New Zealand tour of England, Scotland & Italy Classed as a full international by Italy only

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