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. Teams like Wales and 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 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 v Australia, Eden Park, Auckland, 8.35am, Live on Sky Sports
  • Saturday 7 September 2019: New Zealand v Tonga, FMG Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, 3.35am

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

Steve Hansen has named a wider training squad for the upcoming Rugby Championship acknowledging that he will then name a 31-man squad for the Bledisloe Cup and then the bulk of his 31-man World Cup squad will not head to Argentina on August 11th. The squad below is sure to change come tournament time.

Forwards (23):

Asafo Aumua
Dane Coles
Liam Coltman
Codie Taylor
Owen Franks
Nepo Laulala
Joe Moody
Atu Moli
Angus Ta’avao
Karl Tu’inukuafe
Ofa Tuungafasi
Brodie Retallick
Patrick Tuipulotu
Samuel Whitelock
Jackson Hemopo
Sam Cane
Vaea Fifita
Shannon Frizell
Luke Jacobson
Dalton Papalii
Kieran Read
Ardie Savea
Matt Todd

Backs (16):

TJ Perenara
Aaron Smith
Brad Weber
Beauden Barrett
Josh Ioane
Richie Mo’unga
Jack Goodhue
Ngani Laumape
Anton Lienert-Brown
Sonny Bill Williams
Braydon Ennor
Jordie Barrett
George Bridge
Rieko Ioane
Sevu Reece
Ben Smith

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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