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England v New Zealand 6th December 1997


Clive Woodward was appointed coach on the 15th November and this was his fourth game in charge. He had selected David Rees for each of these games. The game was played at a furious pace and with about 5 minutes gone, New Zealand won a penalty in their own 22. The All Black fly-half Andrew Mehrtens kicked cross-field and found Rees on his right wing. Rees counter-attacked, chipped over the head of Lomu. He collected the ball, sidestepped round Zinzan Brooke's cover tackle and scored in the corner. The try sparked England on to a 23-9 half-time lead, though the All Blacks fought back in the second half with the match ending in a 26-26 draw. This game was seen by many as being the start of Clive Woodward’s renaissance of English rugby that would eventually culminate in winning the world cup. David Rees joined Clifton in 2008