New Zealand's draw in that series made it unsuccessful according to their head coach, who revealed in an ominous warning to England that the All Blacks have trained with a sharper edge this week out of hunger for revenge.
Five of Eddie Jones' starting XV have experienced victory over New Zealand, the most recent win coming on a Lions tour which produced a memorable triumph in Wellington in the second Test.
Chris Ashton has taken the long way round back to the England team but timed his return just right as he prepares to start his first global for four years against New Zealand in the most eagerly awaited fixture of Eddie Jones's tenure. Jones notes that while a win on Saturday would not land a knockout blow on the All Blacks ahead of Japan 2019 - now only nine months away - he says it would score valuable sparring points.
The 36-year-old Carter, a three-times World Player of the Year during an illustrious career at flyhalf for the All Blacks, believes the pace of New Zealand's attack will prove decisive against their northern hemisphere rivals at Twickenham.
"Half of us have beaten the All Blacks before and we've drawn on those experiences this week".
They get on the field, they play and they give you everything they've got and he's like that. "We focused on why we won those games and hopefully we can bring that into tomorrow". Whether they sing or what, it adds to the atmosphere.
"In only drawing the series, that wasn't successful to us".
When Jones' comments were put to Read at New Zealand's team hotel in London on Friday, he replied: "We do the Haka as a challenge but it is more about us connecting as a team".
England enter the clash armed with possibly the game's deadliest finisher after Chris Ashton was given his first worldwide start for four years, displacing Jack Nowell from the right wing.
England: E Daly (Wasps); C Ashton (Sale), H Slade (Exeter), B Te'o (Worcester), J May (Leicester); O Farrell (Saracens, co-capt), B Youngs (Leicester); B Moon (Exeter), D Hartley (Northampton, co-capt), K Sinckler (Harlequins), M Itoje (Saracens), G Kruis (Saracens), B Shields (Wasps), S Underhill (Bath), M Wilson (Newcastle).
"Chris was on fire during his season in France".
"The rugby world has seen what the All Blacks have done since the 2015 World Cup when we had a fantastic campaign in England, but I personally feel they have got stronger", he said at a MasterCard event in Tokyo.
"The speed that they are playing the game in the last couple of years has been a lot faster than other teams". That shows he's a pro who takes his rugby seriously.
"You'd have to be on holiday, I reckon, if you didn't work out that this is going to be big". He's on fire! And Eddie goes "yeah mate".
"In any educational process, you have to talk about it and you've got to get people to understand why and then it's about supporting them when they go through it and keeping an eye on them from a distance, up close or whatever. He was consistent and dominant in the Top 14".