Ireland will be final assessment of All Blacks build-up

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said in Dublin on Thursday that the side were in a similar position to where they were a year out from the 2015 Rugby World Cup and Sunday's (NZT) Test with Ireland would be a final assessment of how they were tracking for the 2019 event in Japan.
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Zinzan Brooke: RWC final dress rehearsal?

We had better sign off on what happened at Twickenham last weekend before we look at what is going to be another massive Test match in Dublin.
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Zinzan Brooke: Pressure is on the All Blacks

There is plenty of talk on the street here in London about this Test.
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Plenty of positives from Tokyo try fest - Kayes

In an already cluttered midfield Ngani Laumape again gave the All Blacks selectors plenty to ponder, just as George Bridge showed he’s an outside chance to be at the World Cup.
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Zinzan Brooke: Papalii will be just fine on debut

I know exactly what Dalton Papalii is going through ahead of his All Blacks debut in Tokyo on Saturday night.
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World Cup dress rehearsal gets a pass mark - Kayes

As dress rehearsals go, it wasn’t too bad.
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