Can anybody stop the All Blacks in The Land of The Rising Sun?
September sees the Rugby World Cup head to Asia for the first time as Japan plays host to the ninth version of the sport’s most prestigious event.
Perennial favourites New Zealand will be aiming to win the tournament for a third successive time, but there are a host of other nations who’ll believe they can lift the trophy when the final is played in Yokohama on November 2nd.
Here we assess the chances of the main contenders for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Unusually the All Blacks start a World Cup Campaign with a few question marks hanging over them and a suspicion they may have perhaps peaked too early during this four year cycle. Superstar outside half Beauden Barrett faces a battle with the emerging Richie Mo’unga for the No 10 Jersey and recent defeats against Australia and South Africa have demonstrated a vulnerability not seen within a New Zealand set up in a number of years. Despite this, it’s difficult to imagine them not being there or thereabouts during the business end of the tournament. They are blessed with more talent in their squad than any other side and a winning culture no one else can match. They remain red hot favourites to regain the trophy they won four years ago.