All Blacks

Hansen happy to avoid in-form Japan

Tournament hosts Japan qualified for the knockout stages for the first time in their history, Sunday's hard-fought victory over Scotland also seeing them finish top of Pool A.

The 28-21 result means the Brave Blossoms next face South Africa, who were second in Pool B, rather than New Zealand, with the two-time reigning champions instead going up against Ireland. 

Pleased to avoid one of the in-form teams still left standing, Hansen praised the way Japan's players had lifted their nation after the devastation caused by Typhoon Hagibis.

All Blacks need to step up - Read

The All Blacks will face Ireland on Saturday night in Tokyo for a place in the semifinals.

Read said knockout rugby is the ultimate leveller and while some teams are in better form than others, that won't necessarily mean those teams will win this weekend.

The teams that will progress to the final four will be the one's who're mentally strong and handle the pressure best during crucial moments in the quarterfinals.

"The eight teams are capable of winning the Cup physically.

Barrett brothers mourning death of 'Granddad Ted'

The Barretts confirmed in a funeral notice today that Edward Michael Barrett died at Taranaki Base Hospital where it is said he was surrounded by his wife Mary and family.

"Dearly loved and cherished husband of Mary for 57 years,'' the notice read.

"Loving father...and adored 'Granddad Ted' of all his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren.''

It comes as the All Blacks prepare for their Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Ireland, which takes place this Saturday.

All Blacks to practise tackling technique

New Zealand props Nepo Laulala and Ofa Tuungafasi were yellow carded for making contact with the head in tackles during their 71-9 Pool B victory over Namibia in Tokyo on Sunday.

Referee Pascal Gauzere opted not to give the pair red cards because both the Namibian players were falling and close to the ground when contact was made.

"We said last night the yellow cards are under the guidelines, they were fair," Hansen said on Monday. "But the game is incredibly difficult under those guidelines when players are falling at your feet."

All Blacks run rampant to thrash Namibia

The bonus point was secured before halftime and although there might be concern at yellow cards shown to Nepo Laulala and Ofa Tuungafasi for high tackles, the All Blacks look in ominous form heading into their last pool match against Italy.

Outstanding centre Anton Lienert-Brown, flying winger Sevu Reece and fullback Ben Smith all scored two tries and utility Jordie Barrett, starting at five eighth in a Test for the first time, also crossed and kicked eight conversions.

Namibia fans relish brief lead over All Blacks

For the briefest of moments Namibia could enjoy the feeling of being ahead of New Zealand at 3-0, and the score remained close throughout the first half.

It was this half of the match that Namibia fans chose to dwell on, including the captain, Johan Deysel's family, who were among the crowd.

"We've got a fantastic first half, we are quite proud about our first half and our boys put their bodies on the line", said Johan senior. "We are not a professional team, they've got a lot of amateurs and we knew that the second half they [NZ] were going to be tough."

New Zealand 63-0 Canada

Beauden Barrett, Jordie Barrett and Scott Barrett became the first siblings to play in the same All Blacks side in a World Cup and they all made their mark in a nine-try drubbing.

All three brothers touched down along with Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane, Shannon Frizell and Brad Weber (two) after New Zealand were awarded an early penalty try.

Canada rugby fans welcome All Blacks challenge

The last time the two teams met at the Rugby World Cup was in 2011 and Canada were on the wrong side of a thrashing from the hosts and eventual winners, with New Zealand winning 79-15 at Westpac Stadium, Wellington.

Canada captain Tyler Ardron is relishing the opportunity to measure themselves against the best tonight, despite many expecting the All Blacks to flog them, including their own fans.

"We're at the World Cup to play against the best there is. And we get that today."

All Blacks flanker Ardie Savea to wear protective goggles against Canada

The move comes after Savea discovered that the vision had deteriorated in his left eye and he realised he had to protect his eyesight.

"A couple of years ago I realised I had bad vision in my left eye. Everything's kind of blurry," Savea said. 

"I told All Blacks doctor Tony Page that it was getting worse and now we're doing something about it. Doc notified me that World Rugby had some goggles that were approved and everyone has been really supportive. In terms of vision and seeing, it's pretty sweet, and it's now just a matter of getting used to them."

Sonny Bill Williams seeks forgiveness over Instagram copyright 'misunderstanding'

Williams had asked the social media company yesterday why they removed a photo of him and teammate Ofa Tu'ungafasi from the All Blacks' Rugby World Cup Test against the Springboks before it was revealed the photographer's byline had been cropped out.

In the picture, Williams and Tu'ungafasi are making dua - a Muslim prayer of faith.

After discovering the copyright issue and finding the picture's original photographer, Malaysia Rugby's Faiz Azizan, Williams asked for forgiveness in a re-uploaded version of the picture that included accreditation.