September 11, 2019 / 5:21 AM / 3 months ago

Factbox: Rugby-World Cup-New Zealand

(Reuters) - Factbox on the New Zealand squad for the Rugby World Cup in Japan, where they will compete in Pool B:

FILE PHOTO: The All Blacks, shown in a file photo, head into the World Cup in Japan facing the most open tournament in history as they seek a third successive title. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian


World ranking: 2

Coach: Steve Hansen (New Zealand)

Captain: Kieran Read


Forwards - Kieran Read, Ardie Savea, Sam Cane, Matt Todd, Luke Jacobson, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Scott Barrett, Patrick Tuipulotu, Joe Moody, Nepo Laulala, Ofa Tuungafasi, Angus Ta’avao, Atu Moli, Codie Taylor, Dane Coles, Liam Coltman

Backs - Ben Smith, Rieko Ioane, Jordie Barrett, George Bridge, Sevu Reece, Ryan Crotty, Sonny Bill Williams, Jack Goodhue, Anton Lienert-Brown, Beauden Barrett, Richie Mo’unga, Aaron Smith, TJ Perenara, Brad Weber


W - 44, L - 6, D - 0

Tournaments: 8

Last World Cup: Winners (2015)

Best finish: Winners (1987, 2011, 2015)

Compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by Sudipto Ganguly

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