England V New Zealand: 5 Reasons Why the All Blacks Could Be Beaten

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England V New Zealand: 5 Reasons Why the All Blacks Could Be Beaten
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December 1, 2012 was a date on which the rugby world was turned upside down.

England were staring down the barrel of a triple whammy of defeats to the big three Southern Hemisphere nations.

Vanquished by Australia and South Africa on consecutive weekends, they next faced the mighty All Blacks, who were hunting the result that would cap an unbeaten 2012.

But at Twickenham, they found an England side who finally seemed comfortable in their own skin and, after a tight first half, roared into action with three second-half tries to send the old cabbage patch doolally.

Fast forward 12 months and the pair meet again. The world champions have conquered all before them so far in 2013 and are on course for a perfect 12 months.

England, humbled in Cardiff at the end of the Six Nations, are still building nicely, unbowed at home since seeing off the men in black and showing flashes of quality.

Could lightning strike twice in the far reaches of London's western suburbs on Saturday? Here are five reasons it might just happen.

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