Highly respected Kiwi coaches Steve Hansen
and Warren Gatland will bow out of international rugby after Friday’s
third-place play-off, a game the latter joked could have been settled by a
The semi-finals saw Hansen’s All Blacks
lose 19-7 to England while Gatland’s Wales went down 19-16 to South Africa,
plunging them into the dreaded bronze medal match.
“I think Steve Tew (New Zealand Rugby
Union chief executive) made a joke to Martyn Phillips (Welsh Rugby Union chief
executive) that both teams should have a boat race and we could settle it that
way,” Gatland joked in reference to a speed-drinking game.
“I can see the relevance in
Both sides have rung the changes for
Friday’s encounter, Hansen aiming a cheeky dig at Wales when he said the
play-off would be like a final for the Six Nations champions.
“This is the first time I’ve had to do
this,” said Hansen, with the All Blacks having won 31 of their 34 meetings
with Wales, last losing in 1953.
“A lot of people might be saying
there’s not a lot on it and they could throw the ball around.
“I think there is a lot on it. For
them it would be like winning the World Cup if they win this one, maybe.”
Hansen will bow out as New Zealand coach
after 107 matches in charge, with only 10 defeats to date.
His successes include the 2015 World Cup, six Rugby Championships and a perfect eight from eight in the Bledisloe Cup, the annual series against Australia.
New Zealand (15-1)
Beauden Barrett; Ben Smith, Ryan Crotty,
Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane; Richie Mo’unga, Aaron Smith; Kieran Read
(capt), Sam Cane, Shannon Frizell; Scott Barrett, Brodie Retallick; Nepo
Laulala, Dane Coles, Joe Moody
Replacements: Liam Coltman, Atu Moli, Angus
Ta’avao, Patrick Tuipulotu, Matt Todd, Brad Weber, Anton Lienert-Brown, Jordie
Hallam Amos; Owen Lane, Jonathan Davies,
Owen Watkin, Josh Adams; Rhys Patchell, Tomos Williams; Ross Moriarty, James
Davies, Justin Tipuric; Alun Wyn Jones (capt), Adam Beard; Dillon Lewis, Ken
Owens, Nicky Smith
Replacements: Elliot Dee, Rhys Carre, Wyn
Jones, Jake Ball, Aaron Shingler, Gareth Davies, Dan Biggar, Hadleigh Parkes
New Zealand vs Wales: Rugby World Cup kick-off time and prediction
Kick off time: Mid morning delights. It all kicks off at 11:00 on Friday 1 November 2019. All the action is live on SuperSport 1 and on SABC.
the RWC, we’ll be using a prediction algorithm from a New Zealand anorak.
Prediction: New Zealand are tipped to win this quite convincingly – by more than 16 points.
RWC 2019 live scores and result: New Zealand vs Wales
Additional reporting by AFP/World Rugby.