Current World Rank: 1
Random cliché: The All Blacks are chokers
Murray Mexted likely to say of them: ‘Their zinzanian moves move me to tears’
Stephen Jones likely to say of them: ‘They won by 50 points but the opposition was pitiful and they poached all their star players from the Pacific Islands’.
Headline most likely in local rag after defeat: Stone the coach
Glamour boy of the team: Daniel Carter
Greatest Moment (in last four years): Humbled the British and Irish Lions in 2005 (and Alastair Campbell in the process)
Worst Moment (in last four years): Thrashed by SA in Tri Nations decider in Durban 2004 (oh, and the wee matter of a world cup semi final against Australia in 2003)
Redeeming Features: Byron Kelleher's haka. Panto but passionate.
Weak link: Line out
Incumbent star: Carl Hayman
Rising star: Brendon Leonard