The last time England beat the All Blacks was in 2012, but both teams have changed and evolved their tactics since then.
Some 70 years to the week since they completed their first Slam in the old Five Nations, Ireland had another, having also swept all before them in the 2009 Six Nations.
Ireland dispatched Scotland, but it was France's victory over England in Paris that secured the championship for the Irish.
There was real hope among British fans that this team might become the first Lions team since 1971 to win a tour in New Zealand.
If England wins Saturday's game against Scotland, they will equal the World Record of 18 consecutive test wins set by New Zealand.
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