In my previous post I mentioned that at Fortress Eden Park, the last time the All Blacks lost, Pete Sampras won his first Wimbledon. In a pleasing symmetry, the last time they lost at Westpac Stadium, Wellington, Pete Sampras lost to some guy called Federer who went on to be quite at tennis after winning his first Wimbledon title that year. A little film from New Zealand, called The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was the one film to rule them all that year, although Terminator 3 was probably actually topping the box office at the time.

This is the kind of history the Lions face wherever they go in New Zealand and pretty inevitable when you have a winning record over 90% in the last 10 years or so.

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