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The All Blacks perform the haka ahead of their World Cup opener against South Africa.
The All Blacks are back in action on Wednesday night (11.15pm NZT), when they play Canada in their second Pool B match at the World Cup in Japan.
Come kickoff in Oita, Steve Hansen’ mob will have had 10 full days to recover from their brutal 23-13 win against South Africa during the opening weekend of the tournament.
Given the All Blacks have a short turnaround between the match against Canada and their match against Namibia in Tokyo Sunday week, don’t expect Hansen to wheel out his first-choice XV.
Canada were dreadful against Italy in their opener on Thursday, butchering numerous chances on their way to a 48-7 shellacking.
Where: Oita Stadium, Oita Prefecture
Kickoff: 11.15pm on Wednesday (NZT)
How to watch: Live on Spark Sport (coverage from 10.30pm NZT) and delayed by one hour on TVNZ 1.
Live stream: Via sparksport.co.nz or the Spark Sport app
NZ TAB odds: Canada $151, NZ N/A
Weather: Overcast with a chance of rain, with a forecast high of 27degC.
All Blacks: TBC
Prediction (Robert van Royen): Put your house and car on the All Blacks banking a bonus point victory against the 22nd ranked side in the world. It might even be an uglier blowout than their 79-15 win during the pool stage of the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand. The teams have not met since that match in Wellington, and have only clashed five times in total. Canada did finish within 16 points of the All Blacks during their 1991 World Cup quarterfinal in Lille, but that was Canada at their best, a stark contrast to the current side, which has lost six straight games and are on a hiding to nothing against the men in black. Just how many points New Zealand stack up will depend on how many big guns Hansen opts to sit.
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Publish date : 2019-09-27 02:27:00