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Saturday, June 20, 1998 Published at 04:40 GMT 05:40 UK


Sport: Rugby Union

All Blacks savage England

Tony Diprose tries to rally England in an earlier doomed game

New Zealand 64 England 22

England suffered a day of disaster in Dunedin as they were stunned by another record defeat and had Saracens lock Danny Grewcock sent off for stamping.

The rampant All Blacks racked up nine tries, a brave England side falling apart once Grewcock received his marching orders from Australian referee Wayne Erickson nine minutes before half time.

A distraught Grewcock became only the second England player dismissed in Test match history, following former Gloucester prop Mike Burton 23 years ago against Australia.

All Blacks dominant

The 14-man tourists never gave up despite receiving such a savage blow, finishing strongly with sparkling consolation tries for captain Matt Dawson and replacement wing Tom Beim.

But there was no doubting the All Blacks' supremacy, new captain Taine Randell celebrating his promotion with two tries, while Otago team-mate Jeff Wilson and full-back Christian Cullen also touched down twice.

Grewcock's tour looks over, and he must await his fate at a special disciplinary hearing on Sunday.

Fly-half Jonny Wilkinson could also be going home - he was carried off with a serious looking leg injury on 43 minutes.





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