A few months ago, we discussed the All Blacks odds in the 2023 Rugby World Cup but a lot has happened since then. We’re taking an updated look at their standing. Keep an eye out for our news blogs as we’re sure to keep you up to date on all the things happening with the All Blacks in the World Cup.
Rugby fans will tune into the 2023 Rugby World Cup which is set to take place in France from 08 Sep to 28 Oct. The action will take place across 9 locations in France as a total of 20 teams will compete against each other to see who will become the 2023 Rugby World Cup champs.
The defending champions are South Africa and their biggest challengers will be England and New Zealand (All Blacks). The tournament is divided into 4 groups with each group having 5 teams. The All Blacks currently have odds of 3/1 (4.0) to win the Rugby World Cup 2023 as of Sep 04.
The All Blacks are part of Group A along with hosts France, Uruguay, Italy and Namibia. This is a really tough group and the All Blacks will start their World Cup campaign with a tough opening game when they take on France on Sep 09. The game will take place at the Stade de France which is situated in the commune of Saint-Denis, north of Paris.
The Stade de France can seat just over 80,000 fans and we expect the stadium to be packed to capacity with the majority of fans supporting Les Bleus. The All Blacks have had the upper hand in the past when they have played Les Bleus but things are a lot more even on paper as the Kiwis head into their opening game.
The All Blacks have won 4 out of their last 5 meetings but France will take confidence from the fact that the last time these two teams met in Nov 21, France ended up winning 40-25.
The All Blacks once dominated World Rugby and carried an aura of invincibility around them. That aura has dissipated during the last couple of years as some of their top players retired and their new players are still finding their feet. The All Blacks go into their game against France as the underdogs with odds of 2.05.
One reason why the All Blacks are going in as underdogs is because their recent performance against South Africa was very poor. The All Blacks ended up losing 7-35 on Aug 26 and showed that they have a lot of holes in their game.
France go in as slight betting favorites with odds of 1.95. They will have a lot of confidence from the fact that they are playing on home soil and will have an entire stadium supporting and cheering them on. Les Bleus will be led by Antoine Dupont while the All Blacks will be led by Sam Cane.
The All Blacks will need to put their embarrassing loss to the Springboks out of their head and start the World Cup with a clean slate. We don’t know as of now if Sam Cane and veteran Brodie Retallick will be at 100 percent fitness for their opening game against France.
The All Blacks will need to play at full strength to beat France and send a strong message to the rest of the group!
The All Blacks have named a 33 member squad for the World Cup. These are the players that have made the cut!
Dane Coles, Codie Taylor, Samisoni Taukei’aho, Tamaiti Williams, Ethan de Groot, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Nepo Laulala, Tyrel Lomax, Fletcher Newell, Samuel Whitelock, Scott Barrett, Brodie Retallick, Tupou Vaa’I, Aaron Smith, Finlay Christie, Cam Roigard, Richie Mo'unga, Damian McKenzie, Beauden Barrett, Anton Lienert-Brown, Jordie Barrett, Rieko Ioane, David Havili, Mark Telea, Caleb Clarke, Emoni Narawa, Will Jordan, Ardie Savea, Sam Cane, Dalton Papali'I, Luke Jacobson, Shannon Frizell and Leicester Fainga’anuku.
France will field a very experienced squad and will hope that their top players remain injury free. These are the players that have made the World Cup squad.
Reda Wardi, Cyril Baille, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Dorian Aldegheri, Sipili Falatea, Uini Atonio, Peato Mauvaka, Julien Marchand, Pierre Bourgarit, Cameron Wok, Thibaud Flament, Paul Willemse, Romain Taofifenua, Charles Ollivon, Grégory Alldritt, Sekou Macalou, Paul Boudehent, Anthony Jelonch, François Cros, Maxime Lucu, Baptiste Couilloud and Antoine Dupont.
Prediction: We expect the All Blacks to have a tough but outstanding game and finish on the winning side!
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