Winners of the past two World Cups, the All Blacks are once again favourites to win the Rugby World Cup
New Zealand Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide
Winners of the last two Rugby World Cups, the All Blacks are favourites to complete an unprecedented hat-trick of titles. Packed with world-class players, and incredible strength in depth, it would take a brave person to bet against them.
How They Qualified
Winners of the last tournament held in England back in 2015.
Where to start? Beauden Barrett and Ben Smith in the back-line, and Kieran Read and Brodie Retallick up front, are just four supremely gifted players at their disposal.
The Coach – Steve Hansen
He once dreamt of being a jockey but is now riding high in his 17th year of Test coaching, with a 90% win ratio and four World Rugby Coach of the Year gongs in his pocket. The winning coach in 2015.
They have looked vulnerable in games and have lost to South Africa, Ireland and Australia over the past year or so. They also lack a deadeye goalkicker. But really we’re clutching at straws here because they ooze class all over the field and can play in wet or dry.
New Zealand Rugby World Cup Warm-ups
- Saturday 20 July 2019: Argentina 16-20 New Zealand
- Saturday 27 July 2019: New Zealand 16-16 South Africa
- Saturday 10 August 2019: Australia 47-26 New Zealand
- Saturday 17 August 2019: New Zealand 36-0 Australia
- Saturday 7 September 2019: New Zealand 92-7 Tonga
Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Warm-ups
New Zealand Rugby World Cup Group
Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Groups
New Zealand Rugby World Cup Kit
New Zealand Rugby World Cup Fixtures
- Sat 21 Sep New Zealand 23-13 South Africa (Yokohama) Match report
- Wed 2 Oct New Zealand 63-0 Canada (Oita) Match report
- Sun 6 Oct New Zealand 71-9 Namibia (Tokyo) Match report
- Sat 12 Oct New Zealand 0-0 Italy (Toyota) Match cancelled – click here for story
Sat 19 Oct QF2 New Zealand v Ireland (Tokyo), 11.15am
Four years on from their disastrous loss to…
New Zealand Rugby World Cup Squad
Steve Hansen has named his Rugby World Cup squad as you can see below;
Luke Jacobson (replaced by Shannon Frizell on 13 September after suffering a delayed onset of concussion)
Sonny Bill Williams
Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Fixtures
Previous World Cup Results and Record
New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup Record: P50 W44 D0 L6
- 1987 Champions
- 1991 Third
- 1995 Runners-up
- 1999 Fourth
- 2003 Third
- 2007 Quarter-finals
- 2011 Champions
- 2015 Champions
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