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Four Nations final - the stats that matter

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 18/11/2016 Daniel Gilhooly

AUSTRALIA V NEW ZEALAND - A CLOSER LOOK AT THE FOUR NATIONS FINAL:

* Australia has appeared in all eight of the Tri/Four Nations Finals since 1999, winning five and losing three.

* All three losses have come against New Zealand (2005, 2010 and 2014), with Australia winning just two against the Kiwis (1999 and 2006).

* Including World Cup Finals, All four of Australia's losses in major tournament finals have come against New Zealand.

* Overall Australia has won just five of nine against the Kiwis in finals, winning just two of the past six (2006 4Nations and 2013 World Cup).

* After losing three straight against the Kiwis, Australia has now won its past three against them by a combined 56-14 under Mal Meninga.

* Australia captain Cameron Smith will play his 33rd consecutive Test Match becoming just the second Australian player to do so behind Clive Churchill, who played 35.

* Darius Boyd has won all 21 of his Tests and has scored 15 tries, including nine tries in 12 matches against New Zealand.

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