Former South African great Bryan Habana has made bold prediction about upcoming rugby world cup as he thinks All Blacks will be favorites to win showpiece event in Japan later this year. Springboks legend believes that despite New Zealand’s losses against South Africa and Ireland in 2018, will not affect them and they’ll come strong in the 2019 world cup.
“The All Blacks becoming the first team ever to win three World Cups in a row is very likely. Ireland will go into this World Cup pretty confident. But, like all previous World Cups, I’m almost certain New Zealand will go into this World Cup as favourites,” Bryan said in an interview.
In an interview to Stuff, Bryan Habana mentioned that All Blacks faced some unexpected defeats last year which would force them giving best in the forthcoming rugby world cup.
“I think they go into this World Cup knowing where they’ve let themselves down in 2018, knowing there is going to be quite a lot of work-ons, but knowing if they click they’re going to be a difficult side to beat in Japan.”
Habana hails Kiwi’s star players Richie McCaw and Dan Carter. According him, these two will be crucial players in All Blacks roster for rugby world cup 2019.
“Richie was mostly number one on the list, then you start getting into Dan Carter, who everything revolved around. If you could nullify Dan controlling the game, put him under pressure and make him make mistakes, it made everything a little easier,” Habana said.
New Zealand won world cup on three occasions and they’ll be two-time title defending champions in this year’s edition. Rugby World Cup is set to take place in Japan from 20th September.