Rugby World Cup 2015 power rankings: New Zealand on top at kick-off | Gerard Meagher

#AceSportsNews – Sept.18: The All Blacks are a surprise early leader, whose greatest threat might be complacency. Australia and England are the sides most likely to challenge them but it looks nasty for Uruguay

Steve Hansen was asked the inevitable question when New Zealand arrived in London. How would the All Blacks guard against complacency, an indictment of their predecessors at previous northern hemisphere World Cups. In truth his answer came last month, when picking Waisake Naholo and Nehe Milner-Skudder, wings with three caps between them. “Nehe and Waisake bring something different. Something that this team hasn’t had for a little while … we can’t win this World Cup by just having ordinary.” Their rivals may take encouragement from their Rugby Championship performances, when they finished second to Australia, but they will also note the response against the Wallabies, when the beast was stirred. They would prefer not to face Argentina first but, led by the irrepressible Richie McCaw, they begin the tournament at a level to which the rest aspire.


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