Mitch Harris: 'Have the All Blacks lost their aura of invincibility?'

Night Talk 19/11/2018
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Night Talk: Mitch Harris opening comments, Monday 19th November 2018.

Tonight: Do you think the All Blacks should still be favourites to win the Rugby World Cup next year after their 16-9 loss to Ireland on Sunday morning?

Steve Hansen remains committed to modifying how the All Blacks play, even though it cost them in a humbling loss to Ireland.

New Zealand coach Hansen says his players are adjusting to fundamental changes to their game plan, instigated with next year's World Cup in mind.

The changes backfired in Dublin on Saturday, when the home side outplayed the world champions in nearly every aspect of their momentous 16-9 win.

While Ireland remain ranked second in the world behind New Zealand, Hansen has labelled Joe Schmidt's side the team to beat in Japan next year.

But he warns his team will be better, once they've come to grips with a revamp he believes is necessary to stay ahead of the chasing pack.

"We are still stuck between the old way and the new way, and we haven't got it right yet," Hansen told reporters.

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