All Blacks are still the Rugby World Cup favorites. That is what everyone on social media, especially Twitter is talking about. So, what’s so special about the New Zealand in Rugby World Cup 2019? The favorites have won only one of their past four matches going to their Bledsoe Cup tie with the Wallabies at Eden Park.
They have not had the best luck as of lately, so it comes as a surprise to many fans that they are favorites to win the World Cup this year. Last weekend they lost against the Wallabies in Perth and still, they are favored.
New Zealand could lose their status as the number one ranked team in the whole world. They have had this position for over 500 weeks. If England wins against Wales by over 16 this weekend, then the All Blacks can say goodbye to this high ranking.
Apparently, the coaches and staff are not worried about this. The teams do not seem to be losing any sleep over this either. If this were to occur, it would show the fans, teams, and coaches that New Zealand have lost their grip on world rugby. This means that they need to reevaluate their team, players, and coaches in order to have a better performance going further.
There are only two games left before the Rugby World Cup and Steve Hansen will want to stop the fall of this team as fast as possible. He feels like the best place to do so, Eden Park. Even though this squad is in a slump, they are still going into the World Cup as the favorites.
Steven Hansen has been doing some different things with the team and experimenting with some things, to possibly see what new things may work for the team during the Rugby World Cup 2019. He has gotten Beauden Barrett at full-back. The player who got a red card against the Wallabies, Scott Barrett, may have been a big change to the squad actually. So, when it boils down to it, are New Zealand ready to be the favorite and take down all the other squads at the World Cup? Can they make a statement by showing all of the social media and their fans that they are the best in the world? Can they honor being held at number one for over 500 weeks? Only they can decide their fate in this Rugby World Cup.
New Zealand Rugby World Cup Squad
Steve Hansen has named his New Zealand’s final 31 squads for RWC 2019:
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