Canada coach Kingsley Jones said he couldn't have asked anything more of his players, for their effort and commitment, in their 0-63 loss to the All Blacks in their Rugby World Cup pool game in Oita on Wednesday.
It may be All Blacks coach Steve Hansen's fifth Rugby World Cup but he admitted attending World Cups was still the highlight of his career and he was excited heading into Saturday's pool opener against South Africa in Yokohama.
Completing the most difficult squad selection any coach faces before a Rugby World Cup, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen's first thought after the 2019 side was named on Wednesday was for the players who had missed out.
Australia's failure to score says it all about the All Blacks' response to their record loss a week earlier when they emphatically turned the tables en route to a 36–0 Bledisloe Cup win at Eden Park on Saturday.
Selections in a Rugby World Cup year can be the toughest of the four-year international rugby cycle and the first of two culls of prospective players occurred with the naming of the Bledisloe Cup squad on Wednesday.