World Cup squad contenders taking shape - Kayes

It’s perhaps inevitable that some of the performances in this Test will carry the asterix “against Italy” given how one sided the game was.
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Zinzan Brooke: Expect an All Blacks backlash in Rome

I had that feeling in my gut that Ireland was going to take the win last weekend, but it gave me no great pleasure as an All Blacks fan.
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2019 World Cup is wide open - Jim Kayes.

The All Blacks might be the sentimental and bookies’ favourites but next year’s World Cup is wide open.
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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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