Winner of the past two World Cups, the All Blacks are once again favourites going into the Rugby World Cup

New Zealand Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

Winner of the last two Rugby World Cups and the top ranked team in the world, the All Blacks are favourites to complete an unprecedented hat-trick of titles. Packed with world-class players, and incredible strength and depth, it would take a brave person to bet against them. Ireland are sure to provide a stiff challenge though.

How They Qualified

Winners of the last tournament held in England back in 2015.

Key Players

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.

World Beater: Barrett is arguably the best number 10 in the world (Getty Images)

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.

At the helm: All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen (Getty Images)

Major Work-ons

They’ve been slow starters in a few games of late, incurring a half-time deficit. Then there were losses to South Africa and Ireland last year. 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 27 July: New Zealand v South Africa, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, kick-off TBC

Saturday 17 August: New Zealand v Australia, Eden Park, Auckland, kick-off TBC

Saturday 7 September: New Zealand v Tonga, FMG Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, kick-off TBC

Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Warm-ups

New Zealand Rugby World Cup Group

New Zealand are in Group B alongside South Africa, Italy, Namibia and Canada.

Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Groups

New Zealand Rugby World Cup Fixtures

  • Sat 21 Sep New Zealand v South Africa (Yokohama)
  • Wed 2 Oct New Zealand v Canada (Oita)
  • Sun 6 Oct New Zealand v Namibia (Tokyo)
  • Sat 12 Oct New Zealand v Italy (Toyota)

Rivals: The All Blacks have South Africa in their group (Getty Images)

New Zealand Rugby World Cup Squad

We will update this section when the official squad has been announced.

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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