New Zealand have the best record in World Cup history. Along with Australia and South Africa, they have 2 tournament wins, both of which came at home in New Zealand. The table below shows their head to head record against other countries, which shows a win percentage of 86%, with 37 of 43 matches won. On average, New Zealand socre 33 more points in a match than their opponents.
New Zealand have losing records against Australia and South Africa (both 1-2), and have a negative points difference against Australia. Their only other 2 defeats have come against France, although they have beaten the French on 4 occasions.
They therefore have a 100% record against all other countries. The tightest of these matches have been against England, by 12 points on average, and the most one-sided have been against Japan, winning on average by 102 points. Italy have the largest adverse points difference: a stunning 297 in 5 encounters.
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