The All Blacks fly to Japan this morning for the Rugby World Cup . Are they on track for an unprecedented third straight title? They finished their preparations with a 92-7 thrashing of Tonga in Hamilton on the weekend, and now have two weeks before the first pool game against South Africa.
George Bridge scored four of the All Blacks 14 tries against Ikale Tahi and he and fellow wing Sevu Reece appear irreplaceable right now.
The same goes for loose forwards Ardie Savea, Sam Cane and skipper Kieran Read, and most of the All Blacks tight five are probably sorted for their opening World Cup clash with the Springboks.
Saturday’s win over Tonga was the last time Hansen and many players would represent the All Blacks on New Zealand soil and while it’s something he’ll look back on fondly, he said now is not the time for sentiment.
All Blacks Rugby World Cup Fixtures
Match 1: All Blacks vs Springboks Rugby World Cup Game ; Local time kick off 18:45 in International Stadium Yokohama
Match 2: All Blacks vs Canada Rugby ; Local time kick off 19:15 in Oita Stadium