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New Zealand are the best team at this tournament, as they have been at every World Cup since its inception.
The four year planning cycle New Zealand have developed for World Cups is at a level of strategic thinking and execution far above any other country.
The New Zealanders effort is on a national scale.
It is not just the Super Rugby franchises or the Mitre 10 Cup teams that play the New Zealand way. Even schoolboy teams play in a remarkably similar style to their national team.
That is New Zealand planning for the 2027 World Cup and beyond.
Despite the obvious brilliance the New Zealanders bring to the international game, for them to win three World Cups in a row is not good for rugby. Spreading the joy of winning is good, not one country dominating all others.
Three of the four semi-final coaches share my opinion. I am sure that Steve Hansen, the straight talking, quietly-spoken Kiwi head coach does not.
All week Hansen appeared genuinely shocked by all the talk of pressure on his team. His relaxed body language and controlled talk seem to say: “It’s just another Rugby World Cup semi final. After all New Zealand have played in so many. Why all the excitement?”
Much of that excitement has been generated by Eddie Jones. Who has adopted the role of Yoda at this World Cup.
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