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New Zealand v South Africa: Rugby World Cup 2019 – live!

Updates from the All Blacks’ opening gameFrance 23-21 Argentina | Australia 39-21 FijiAny thoughts? Email or tweet @LukeMcLaughlin 10.43am BST Seconds out, Round 1:Respect at the coin toss #HeinekenRugby #NZLvRSA #RWC2019 #RWCYokohama pic.twitter.com/6…

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New Zealand face huge test against South Africa in World Cup opener | Robert Kitson

The defending champions have shown vulnerabilities in the buildup which the resurgent Springboks will look to exploitAnyone who says New Zealand’s opening game against South Africa will have no bearing on the outcome of the 2019 Rugby World Cup is eith…

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All the world’s a stage as giants of the game prepare for an epic battle | Robert Kitson

A successful World Cup in Japan could do wonders for the sport but for that to happen this needs to be a tournament where pace and athleticism outflank brawn and angstThe ancient samurai warriors of Japan were more than just loyal soldiers. They believ…

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Humidity to home heroics: five things to look out for at the Rugby World Cup | Ben Ryan

The All Blacks could lose their opener and win the tournament, Fiji have a shock in them, while cancellations could play a partThe phoney war is over and on Friday there will be no more warm-yourself-up-but-nobody else games. The World Cup is upon us a…

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The Breakdown | New Zealand have been fallible in World Cup years before – and won

Struggles against South Africa and Ireland have encouraged belief All Blacks can be toppled, but write them off at your perilSouth Africa have spent the week preparing for their opener against New Zealand at Tokyo Disneyland, a sprawling coastal resort…

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Richie Mo’unga keeps All Blacks’ flyhalf jersey for Springboks opener

Beauden Barrett to start at fullback in YokohamaSonny Bill Williams on strong New Zealand benchBeauden Barrett will start at fullback for New Zealand in their World Cup Pool B opener against South Africa in Yokohama on Saturday after coach Steve Hansen…

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Rugby World Cup: All Blacks cover up tattoos in Japan to tackle yakuza link

With body ink associated with yakuza gangsters, New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup stars are happy to hide their artwork The All Blacks are gamely braving Japan’s humidity and covering up their considerable collection of tattoos as they prepare for their de…

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The inconvenient truth that threatens All Black’s World Cup supremacy | Matt McIlraith

New Zealand’s disciplinary statistics through three Rugby World Cup cycles are revealingStatistics can tell us many things, and be interpreted in different ways, especially in the always-emotive context of international sport, but, over time, clear pat…

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Air of unpredictability hangs over Rugby World Cup with adaptability the key | Robert Kitson

Unfamiliar surroundings and the potential for extreme weather means coaches in Japan must be ready for anythingTo appreciate just how different to the norm the 2019 Rugby World Cup is going to be, you only have to set foot outside. Even on a damp Monda…

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All Blacks’ supremacy shaped by Steve Hansen’s search for inner peace

Favourites’ coach has reinvented himself during his time in charge, going from confrontational figure to oasis of calmOf all the qualities the All Blacks will miss when Steve Hansen’s eight-year tenure, and one of the great world rugby eras, comes to a…

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Brave new world: Japan braces for ‘anything-can-happen’ World Cup | Robert Kitson

The defending champions New Zealand look mortal and the chasing pack sense the opportunity to lift the Webb Ellis CupThe sumo wrestlers of Japan will have competition for the next seven weeks. Suddenly there will be big men everywhere, blocking out the…

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All Blacks suffer blow on eve of World Cup with Luke Jacobson out with concussion

Loose forward has developed delayed symptoms Versatile Shannon Frizell brought into squadAll Blacks loose forward Luke Jacobson has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup due to a delayed onset of concussion and will be replaced by Shannon Frizell. The …

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Rugby World Cup 2019: New Zealand team guide

For once there are question marks over the All Blacks but no team is so equipped to answer them all Continue reading…

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Number of Kiwi coaches at World Cup prompts questions over health of global rugby | Matt McIlraith

With seven New Zealanders leading teams in Japan, the diversity of the game may not be evolving at the highest levelAs the ninth Rugby World Cup approaches, the bookmakers’ odds on a Kiwi getting his hands on the trophy at tournament’s end are small. P…

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Beauden Barrett back to fly-half for final All Blacks hit-out before World Cup

Injured Richie Mo’unga forces selection changeMove allows Ben Smith to slot back at full-backBeauden Barrett has reverted to fly-half after playing the last three Tests at full-back for the All Blacks’ final match before the Rugby World Cup when they f…

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Third time lucky for All Blacks’ unlikely hero Matt Todd | Matt McIlraith

Flanker will finally go to a Rugby World Cup where he will bring many qualities that can be so crucial at major tournamentsAll Blacks flanker Matt Todd is no stranger to the feeling of deja vu. Indeed, he could have been forgiven for fearing he would e…

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All Blacks omit Owen Franks from Rugby World Cup squad

No place for Test centurion Franks on 31-man listFlanker Luke Jacobson a surprise inclusionSentimentality has been cast aside in the name of speed as veteran prop Owen Franks was omitted from the All Blacks squad named to defend the Rugby World Cup in …

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All Blacks omit Owen Franks from Rugby World Cup squad

No place for Test centurion Franks on 31-man listFlanker Luke Jacobson a surprise inclusionSentimentality has been cast aside in the name of speed as veteran prop Owen Franks was omitted from the All Blacks squad named to defend the Rugby World Cup in …

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All Blacks hope Beauden Barrett gamble pays off to avoid repeat of history | Matt McILraith

Settled combinations win Rugby World Cups and last-minute changes have seldom suited the reigning world championsWednesday’s announcement of the All Blacks squad for the Rugby World Cup is unlikely to contain any surprises, but Steve Hansen still loves…

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‘Terrible’ NZ internet prompts concerns over how to watch All Blacks at World Cup

Fears fans in rural areas will not be able to follow Bill raised in parliament to extend licensing hoursNew Zealanders in rural areas are raising concerns at how they will watch the upcoming Rugby World Cup, as the government introduce legislation in a…