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Ryan Crotty last played for New Zealand in November last year

Ryan Crotty last played for New Zealand in November last year

With the All Blacks leaving for Japan to continue their Rugby World Cup build-up on Monday after a final warm-up match against Tonga on Saturday, it's clear coach Steve Hansen doesn't want to provoke anyone or provide potentially bold worldwide headlines.

"He trained well today and you could just tell being away from the environment, he came back in really refreshed and really excited to be here", Smith said. Me and Lammy are still close friends and message each other after matches. Who will be the number one ranked team in the world heading into the World Cup? The selectors wanted to point out that it wasn't a case of anyone not being good enough to be selected, but more the fact that we can only take 31, so there was always go to be some very talented athletes that would miss out. I said Wigan needed a more experienced rugby league coach than me, and I was right - they are now doing well.

Edwards also declined a renewed contract from the Welsh Rugby Union after winning the 2019 Six Nations Grand Slam. "It would be the first time Wigan have gone back-to-back, too, and I think they'll do it".

Bookmakers have installed New Zealand as favourites to win an unprecedented third successive World Cup in Japan despite results suggesting the gap between the All Blacks and the chasing pack has been closing in recent years.

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"So I prefer to be on edge".

And what had he learnt from Wales's 2011 and 2015 campaigns, the latter of which ended in the quarter-finals?

The sanction for Barrett was a red card and a three-week suspension.

Test week in Hamilton involves several activities - and its Tongan fans who get the first chance to meet and greet their team, this afternoon (Monday, 2 September) at Marist Park when the side hosts an open training session from 3pm. "England, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, Scotland, France, they're all going to be hard to be beat because they all want to win the tournament and are preparing well".

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