RWC tournaments


Best result

Winners(1987, 2011, 2015)


Sam Whitelock


Ian Foster

Most tries

Jonah Lomu(15)

Most points

Dan Carter(191)

They have the best win percentage of any team in Rugby World Cup history. Everything from the Haka before kick-off, through to their menacing, entirely black uniform is intimidating. New Zealand have only missed the semi-finals of RWC on one occasion and never failed to progress from the pool stage. Despite coming from a nation with a population of only five million, they are a dominant force in world rugby. New Zealand were well fancied in RWC 2019 but were ambushed by England. With a new coach, they will be looking to make amends and continue their dominance.

Key Player: Whoever plays fly half

The player who dons the iconic number 10 jersey will be pivotal to their success. It’s a position which is hotly contested, with the likes of Mo’unga, Barrett, and McKenzie all vying for the chief play-maker role.

X-factor: Rieko Ioane

He has a devastating running game, highlighted by his speed and evasiveness. Ioane has an incredible try-scoring record at the international level and the ability to change the face of a game with silky attack or massive hits in defence.

Why they can win

New Zealand are a clinical side who are not accustom to losing. Their experience and professionalism will take them a long way into RWC 2023.

New Zealand's RWC 2023 Pool Matches

New Zealand's RWC 2023 Pool Matches


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