England's 19-7 victory in Yokohama ended an incredible 18-match unbeaten run in World Cup games for the All Blacks, who had reigned supreme since defeating Tonga at the start of the 2011 tournament.
The last time England beat the All Blacks was in 2012, but both teams have changed and evolved their tactics since then.
The bonus-point win clinched the title, a 16th in the various versions of the southern hemisphere championship, with a game to spare for the world champions in what was a scrappy but well-deserved victory.
Flyhalf Pollard and hooker Marx were surprise omissions from coach Rassie Erasmus’s starting side last week against Australia, which the Wallabies won 23-18 in Brisbane.
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.
There is real hope among British fans that this team might become the first Lions team since 1971 to win a tour in New Zealand.
The world champions produced a performance of real grit and character to subdue the British and Irish Lions 30-15 at Eden Park.
The All Blacks will for the first time in 2019 encounter the Springboks in the group stages of Rugby's premier tournament while England finds itself up against France and Argentina.
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