Canada vs New Zealand Live :: Having soundly seen off southern hemisphere rivals South Africa 23-13 in their opening 2019 Rugby World Cup game, New Zealand have what should be a much easier run out for their second pool match today. Can Canada keep it respectable or will it be an All Blacks whitewash? Watch the action as it happens with our New Zealand v Canada live stream guide.
As has been the way so far with the fancied teams, New Zealand look set to rotate their squad for their second World Cup match. The most intriguing line-up change will see siblings Scott, Beauden and Jordie Barrett all start for the All Blacks. Remarkable as that is, its not the first time a trio of brothers have started a World Cup match – Tonga’s Fe’ao, Elisi and Manu Vunipola were all on the same side against Scotland in 1995.
Canada had plenty of chances that they failed to take against Italy in their opening game and ended up getting thrashed. Unfortunately for them, New Zealand will be even less forgiving today
One of the last teams to qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, Canada’s reward is a matchup against the All Blacks. Here is everything you need to know on the contest.
2019 Rugby World Cup: New Zealand v Canada
Played – 5
New Zealand wins – 5
Canada wins – 0
Most recent meeting – New Zealand 79-15 Canada (2 October 2011)
New Zealand scored 12 tries, including four for Zac Guildford, on their way to a huge win in their final group games of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Did You Know?
New Zealand became the first team to score 16,000 Test points when they drew 16-16 with South Africa in July. Their try tally after that match stood at 2,091 – another record.
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What They Said
New Zealand Coach – Steve Hansen
In a World Cup that has seen some shocks already, Hansen acknowledged the All Blacks will be looking to avoid that saying; “If you disrespect the opponent you’re playing you’ll get a punch on the nose, we did that in Perth. We can’t afford to do that again.
“Our aim is to win the next two pool matches against Canada and Namibia, as well as continuing to grow our game and manage the workload across the group. With two games four days apart, it’s obvious that we need to use our whole squad.
Our main focus is just to keep improving on our performance. That means we keep creating those opportunities that we did against Italy, but this time we just want to finish them.
“Playing against the best team in the world is a great opportunity for us to really challenge ourselves and a big result for us would be if we can improve on our performance from Italy.
“You just got to acknowledge who you’re playing against and that’s the main thing and then after that, concentrate on yourself, on your own performance, on the team performance.