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Jonah Lomu destroyed England in the 1995 Rugby World Cup semi-final in Cape Town. Photograph: Getty

The All Blacks progression to the 1994 World Cup semi-finals was as assured as it was fearsome. They cantered through a group containing Ireland and (...)

Doug Howlett says teams prepare for playing the All Blacks as though they were approaching a final. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Opinion isn’t always kind to New Zealand. A win in the first World Cup in 1987 and again in New Zealand in 2011 has been slim pickings for a team regu(...)

Joe Schmidt knows it’s a hazard of the job that the coach is usually the one to get it in the neck. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Did you know Ireland are just 3/1 to make the rugby World Cup Final? And that’s best price. Some sentimental bookies are only going 2/1. Sea The Stars(...)

Australia backrower David Pocock makes a break against New Zealand at ANZ Stadium in Sydney in August. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

In past World Cups, the northern hemisphere countries have rightfully feared the ‘marauding hordes’ from the south. Apart from England in 2003, all ot(...)

David Campese inspired Australia to victory over the All Blacks in the 1991 World Cup semi-final at Lansdowne Road. Photograph: Getty

Australia and New Zealand played each other for the first time in 1903 but it wasn’t until 1991 theymet on neutral soil. The venue, Lansdowne Road. Th(...)

Richie McCaw lifts the Webb Ellis Cup after New Zealand beat France 8-7 in the 2011 Rugby World Cup final. Photograph: Getty

When New Zealand captain David Kirk became the first man to lift the Webb Ellis Cup, on home soil in 1987, it seemed inevitable it was the start of(...)

Jonah Lomu swatted away white shirts to score another stunning try against England in Pool B of the 1999 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Getty

England’s game against New Zealand in Pool B of the 1999 World Cup wasn’t a must-win, but for both sides life would be far easier down the line if the(...)

Carlos Spencer congratulates Joe Rokocoko after his try during New Zealand’s 29-9 Rugby World Cup quarter-final win over South Africa in 2003. Photograph: Getty

Thanks to Johann Cruyff, the practice of pulling a football back behind your standing leg and spinning 180 degrees will forever be known as the Cruyff(...)

Players look on during the New Zealand All Blacks Rugby World Cup team announcement at Parliament House in Wellington. Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

The role of replacement players at the rugby World Cup takes on added significance due to the tournament’s “unique rules” and the All Blacks have mad(...)

Australia players celebrate at full time of their 2003 Rugby World Cup semi-final win over New Zealand. Photograph: Getty

The 2003 World Cup progressed in such a way the final was always destined to be contested by the cream of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, wi(...)

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