By Derek McManus, Chief Operating Officer at O2 29 August 2017 marked the fourth anniversary of…Read more
An England Rugby record that will never be forgotten
18 wins in a row. It’s been an incredible achievement for the England Rugby team to rack up that amount of consecutive wins as they did. It all started in England’s final game in the 2015 Rugby World Cup against Uruguay, with Eddie Jones going on to mastermind 17 wins under his stewardship.
We’ve been with the team every step of the way during this incredible run and now we’ve taken a look back on how England Rugby matched New Zealand 18 undefeated record.
2015 Rugby World Cup
Win Number One | England 60-3 Uruguay – 10 October 2015
It was a dead rubber of a World Cup game and played in front of a packed City of Manchester Stadium. England were hurting and they wanted to put on a performance to go out on a high. They did that thanks to a hat trick from the veteran Nick Easter in his final game for his country.
2016 RBS 6 Nations
Win Number Two | Scotland 9-15 England – 6 February 2016
This was Eddie Jones’ first game in charge of England and the build-up was all about how the team would react under new leadership. Up stepped the impressive Vunipola brothers to put in a memorable performance to get over the line at Murrayfield.
Win Number Three | Italy 9-40 England – 14 February 2016
Rome on Valentine’s day, but no love show by England. A rampant away day thanks to a Jonathan Joseph hat trick and a first start for Maro Itoje.
Win Number Four | England 21-10 Ireland – 27 February 2016
This was Eddie Jones’ first game as England head coach at Twickenham and the build-up was dominated by him calling on the England fans to make HQ intimidating for the opposition. It worked with the team taking advantage of the Irish with important tries from Mike Brown and Anthony Watson.
Win Number Five | England 25-21 Wales – 12 March 2016
After a dominant start to the game, England survived a late Welsh fight back to hold on and claimed another RBS 6 Nations victory setting them up for a Grand Slam in Paris.
Win Number Six | France 21-31 England – 19 March 2016
It was a hide behind the sofa/ cushion/ anything you could get hold of kind of game.. Tries from Care, Cole and Watson followed by two Owen Farrell penalties saw the side secure England’s first Grand Slam since 2003.
Win Number Seven | England 27-13 Wales – 29 May 2016
An Old Mutual Wealth Cup clash against Wales to get the team ready for the summer Test series in Australia. England came away with five impressive tries and a glimpse of the depth the squad has to offer.
Australia Test Series
Win Number Eight | Australia 28-39 England – 11 June 2016
There were plenty of words spoken before the start of the series with Australia keen to win on their own patch. This looked possible after they took an early 10-0 lead but back came England with outstanding performances from James Haskell and Owen Farrell’s right boot. Fantastic game of rugby.
Win Number Nine | Australia 7-23 England – 18 June 2016
This win secured England’s first-ever series win in Australia and once again James Haskell was the stand out performer. Eddie Jones’ men looked head and shoulders above the Aussies that day.
Win Number Ten | Australia 40-44 England – 25 June 2016
Owen Farrell’s kicking that day was Jonny Wilkinson-esque, inspiring his team mates to white wash the Australians in their back yard for the first time and making a real statement in the world of rugby. What an amazing tour.
Old Mutual Wealth Series
Win Number Eleven | England 37-21 South Africa – 12 November 2016
The start of the Old Mutual Weath Series and a rampant win against South Africa. Ben Youngs stole the show that day.
Win Number Twelve | England 58-15 Fiji – 19 November 2016
Routine win for England. Elliot Daly and Semesa Rokoduguni dominating the game from the wings.
Win Number Thirteen | England 27-14 Argentina – 26 November 2016
An early Elliot Daly red card tested the character of Eddie Jones’ team but they held on with Owen Farrell’s kicking and a late Jonny May try secured victory in a tough day at the office.
Win Number Fourteen | England 37-21 Australia – 3 December 2016
The questions going into this game were will England make it four wins in a row against Australia this year? And will Australia look to make a statement back. After being down 10-0 initially, back came England with an onslaught and a win which ensured they went the whole of 2016 unbeaten and racked up fourteen wins in a row.
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Win Number Fifteen | England 19-16 France – 4 February 2017
With both Vunipola brothers missing and an early Jonny May yellow card, England were slow off the blocks. Eddie Jones relied on his finishers to change the game and ensured an opening win in the 2017 RBS 6 Nations.
Win Number Sixteen | Wales 16-21 England – 11 February 2017
Another one of those hide–behind-cushion games under Eddie Jones. The team left it late to storm back in Cardiff and take an important win. Elliot Daly with a last minute try.
Win Number Seventeen | England 36-15 Italy – 26 February 2017
Losing at halftime this was an unusual Test match at Twickenham with Italy’s ‘no ruck’ tactics Italy made the game difficult before England switched into gear comfortably scoring six tries to Italy’s two.
Win Number Eighteen | England 61-21 Scotland – 11 March 2017
The buzz around the ground before the game was a mixture of nerves and excitement. Much was riding on this 80 minutes of rugby and the Scots, were tipped by many to rain on England’s parade something they hadn’t done at Twickenham since 1983. From kick off England were on the front foot, especially Jonathan Joseph with an impressive hat trick. The consecutive 18 wins record of New Zealand had been matched and England retained the RBS 6 Nations title.
Game Number Nineteen | Ireland 15-9 England – 18 March 2017
The scene was set. Ireland were determined, hard to break down and stopped England playing. After ending New Zealand’s winning record, they can now add England to that list.
Fourteen months into a four year plan, Eddie Jones’ has delivered two RBS 6 Nations titles, a Grand Slam, a whitewash tour of Australia and a record equalling 18 wins in a row. Not a bad start to the project.