Rugby World Cup 2019: Springboks v All Blacks clash no indicator of tournament form – Steve Hansen

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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has poured lukewarm water on the notion their test against South Africa is a significant pointer to the teams’ World Cup group stage blockbuster.

The Rugby Championship test in Wellington on Saturday is the only meeting of the old rivals ahead of their clash in Yokohama on September 21, a match that should set the World Cup alight on day two of the tournament.

Hansen said both teams are in a building process and plenty can happen in two months, stripping this week’s match of a bragging rights element.

“I guess it will give whoever wins it a little confidence going into the World Cup, but it won’t mean whoever wins this one will automatically win the one in the World Cup,” he told reporters.

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