This explosive annual tournament will see the All Blacks, Argentina, Australia and South Africa go head to head both home and away over the next two months — and you can watch every match live and exclusive on Sky Sports. Well acquainted with the wooden spoon, they have just lost their head coach Daniel Hourcade and sit tenth in the world rankings after three wins and 23 losses thus far.
Australia A more likely stumbling block for New Zealand will be the Wallabies. They were the last side to defeat the All Blacks nearly 12 months ago, and they come into the tournament battle hardened after a desperately close series defeat to an in-form Ireland.
Eddie Jones 'to leave camp on eve of crunch France clash' England capitalised on Tomas Lavanini's dismissal to secure their place in the World Cup quarter-finals with a comfortable victory over Argentina at Tokyo Stadium. The Pumas were forced to play 63 minutes with only 14 men after Lavanini was sent off by referee Nigel Owens for a high challenge in which he struck Owen Farrell's jaw with his shoulder.
New Zealand Where shall we start? Player of the year Beauden Barrett? Breakthrough player of the year Rieko Ioane? An eight-match winning streak that includes a aggregate score over three away matches with France?
The talent New Zealand have at their disposal is terrifying and mesmerising in equal measure. Catch them on a bad day and you might have a chance of causing an upset.
They showed that they can go toe to toe with New Zealand last season, narrowly losing in Cape Town though that result came after a loss earlier in the tournament. In a team bursting with talent, front-row wrecking ball Malcolm Marx will be integral if the Springboks are to compete.
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