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London – While South Africa and New Zealand have faced each other on 91 occasions on the rugby field, the All Blacks and Wallabies will do battle for the 155th time this weekend.
Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final at Twickenham will staggeringly be the 155th occasion that the two giants of the game have locked horns.
Stretching back to their first ever clash on August 15, 1903, the All Blacks have won 105 matches, lost 42 while 7 have been drawn.
The All Blacks have scored 3 126 points and conceded 2 143 in those previous 154 matches, giving an average final score of 20-14 to the New Zealanders.
The All Blacks and Wallabies have meet three times previously at World Cups – but never in the final before.
In the semi-finals in 1991, the Wallabies won 16-6 at Lansdowne Road in Dublin.
In 2003 Australia repeated their semi-final victory from 12 years earlier, winning 22-10 at the Telstra Stadium in Sydney.
New Zealand finally got their World Cup revenge over the near neighbours, winning their 2011 semi-final 20-6 at Eden Park in Auckland.
Sport24 Editor Garrin Lambley is covering the 2015 Rugby World Cup live from London.