- South Africa will face New Zealand in their opening encounter at the 2019 Rugby World Cup
- The All Blacks were in bullish mood following a recent training session as confirmed by assistant coach Ian Foster
- Foster said the team welcomed the tough draw and that the Springboks will come up against a “very determined” All Blacks side
The 2019 Rugby World Cup promises to deliver plenty of fireworks and the opening encounter between South Africa and New Zealand should set an impressive tone.
The reigning champions New Zealand go into the tournament as favourites once again, but there are a few other dark horses, with Ireland and South Africa in promising form.
Ahead of the match against the Springboks, the All Blacks team is oozing confidence and looking forward to the clash.
New Zealand assistant coach Ian Foster said, “We love the draw because it’s meant we’ve turned up and there’s no excuses, no waiting for us to get used to the intensity — it’s right there in front of us.”
Foster added that the Boks should prepare to face a ‘very determined’ All Blacks side.
Briefly.co.za gathered that both teams will enter the encounter on a high following convincing victories in the warm-up matches.
Foster played down rumours of potential chinks in the All Blacks’ armour following defeat to Australia and a home draw against the Springboks.
He said, “Winning has always been important to us, but it really doesn’t mean much now.”
TimesLIVE reported that New Zealand have changed their usual training regime by starting their workouts at 8am to avoid the sweltering heat in Japan.
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