New Zealand made history at Twickenham four years ago when they became the first team to win consecutive World Cups. Four years on and they are going for a hat-trick that would etch their name further into folklore – as if that even seemed possible. Coach Steve Hansen took charge following the 2011 success on home soil and has overseen a transition while barely letting the performance levels drop. Talk of a decline is premature, yes they may not be as imperious as 2015, especially on paper, but they retain a core of the world’s best players. The likes of Beauden Barrett, Brodie Retallick and Aaron Smith still jump off a team sheet, but who else may be the talk of the globe following the final on November 2? Sam Cane The 27-year-old was a star in waiting at the World Cup four years ago and had long been touted as Richie McCaw’s successor. Now the No.7 shirt bears his name and he looks like the man to take over the captaincy once Kieran Read passes it on at the conclusion of the tournament. He is already a leader amongst the group with his work at the breakdown a huge… Read full this story
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