A record that has been held by the Springboks since Jake White was in charge of the team could be broken by the rampant All Blacks in Saturday’s Test against Italy.
The All Blacks will face Italy, Ireland and France during the rest of their overseas tour, after demolishing a second-string USA (104-14) and Wales (40-17) in successive Tests.
Ian Foster’s side also ran up big scores against a Tonga team missing most of their first-choice players (102-0) and beat Fiji twice: 60-13 and then 57-23.
The All Blacks were able to score 57 points against the Wallabies in a Bledisloe Cup Test at Eden Park this year.
This has put the New Zealanders within touching distance of a number of records.
Should the All Blacks score another 31 points in the final three Test matches of 2021, they could set a new record for most points in a calendar year.
That record is currently held by the Springboks when they scored 658 points in 17 Tests on the road to claiming the World Cup in 2007.
TOP 5 FOR MOST TEST POINTS SCORED IN A CALENDAR YEAR:
1. South Africa – 658 (2007)
2. England – 644 (2003)
3. New Zealand – 628 (2021*)
4. New Zealand – 602 (2003)
5. New Zealand – 594 (2007)