The World Champions for the most part could pat themselves on the back and claim job well done, winning 12 from 14 and retaining all major titles that were on offer.
World Rugby Player of the Year Brodie Retallick has set himself a challenge to improve his game next year in both Chiefs and New Zealand colours.
Australia's 26-23 loss to Ireland has seen them slip to fifth spot - equalling their lowest ever position since the Rankings were introduced in 2003.
All Blacks second row Brodie Retallick has been named the World Rugby Player of the Year 2014 by an independent panel, the fourth New Zealander to win the prestigious award.
Although he will lead the All Blacks for the 100th time in a Test, Richie McCaw is not fussing over the significance of his achievement.
Three tries in the final ten minutes saw New Zealand - in Richie McCaw's 100th game as captain - beat Wales 34-16 at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.
Aware that the local Welsh press seem to suggest the New Zealand are there for the taking, Steve Hansen remains unmoved.
The contenders for the International Rugby Players’ Association (IRPA) Try of the Year 2014 have been revealed by World Rugby, with the winner to be announced by the end of the year.
The All Blacks' end-of-year tour hits Cardiff where they will face an under-fire Wales team in front of of a capacity Millennium Stadium crowd on Saturday.
After an inconsistent performance against Scotland, New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen says Dan Carter needs more game time after a long layoff.
The Wallabies 26-29 loss to France in Paris will result in Australia moving to fourth position overall in the IRB rankings.
Stuart Lancaster's reign is now under unprecedented scrutiny following consecutive losses to New Zealand and South Africa.
Jeremy Thrush's late try finally killed off a valiant Scottish challenge as New Zealand scrapped to a 24-16 win at Murrayfield.
Having overhauled their line-up for their penultimate Test of the year, the All Blacks should face a strong contest against Scotland.
The Springboks, rocked by last weekend’s loss to Ireland in Dublin, cannot fall from second place even if Stuart Lancaster claims a first win over South Africa as England coach and Australia make it four wins from four against France in 2014.
World champions New Zealand will celebrate five years at the top of the IRB World Rankings on Sunday regardless of what happens when they face Scotland at Murrayfield the day before.
The All Blacks team to play Scotland this weekend in their third November Test is out, with a debut for Blues hooker James Parsons capping off a whirlwind call-up by being named in the starting XV.
Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw insists New Zealand are "not superhuman" and his men will push hard for a shock victory at Murrayfield on Saturday.
The International Rugby Board has announced the shortlist for the prestigious IRB World Rugby Player of the Year Award for 2014.
The Wallabies tenth straight victory over Wales was the headline triumph over the weekend that allowed the SANZAR big three to regain number one, two and three in the IRB World Rankings.