The All Blacks will open their 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign with a plum match against the Springboks and could face a semifinal with Eddie Jones’ England as they strive to become the first team to win three successive titles.
Steve Hansen’s team – ranked number one in the world in 2017 – is in Pool B with South African (ranked 5), Italy (14), the Africa 1 qualifier and the repechage winner.
The draw was made at 8pm on Thursday, with the All Blacks getting the dream first round matchup with the Springboks at Kanagawa Yokohama Stadium – with a 72,327 capacity – on Saturday, September 21, at 6.45pm (local time).
ALL BLACKS’ 2019 RUGBY WORLD CUP POOL B MATCHES
v South Africa, Sep 21, 6.45pm (NZ Time 10.45pm) at Kanagawa Yokohama Stadium
v Repechage Winner, Oct 2, 7.15pm (NZ Time, 11.15pm) at Oita Stadium.
v Africa 1, Oct 6, 1.45pm (NZ Time, 5.45pm) at Tokyo National Stadium.
v Italy, October 12, 1.45pm (NZ Time, 5.45pm) at City of Toyota Stadium.
Quarterfinal 1: Saturday October 19: W Pool C v RU Pool D, 4.15pm (8.15pm NZ Time) at Oita Stadium.
Quarterfinal 2: Saturday October 19: W Pool B v RU Pool A, 7.15pm (11.15pm NZ Time) at Toyko Stadium.
Quarterfinal 3: Sunday October 20: W Pool D v RU Pool C, 5pm (9pm NZ Time) at Oita Stadium.
Quarterfinal 4: Sunday October 20: W Pool A v RU Pool B, 6pm (10pm NZ Time) at Tokyo Stadium
Semifinal 1: Saturday October 26: W QF 1 v W QF 2, 5pm (9pm NZ Time) at Yokohama International Stadium.
Semifinal 2: Sunday October 27; W QF 3 v W QF 4, 6pm (10pm NZ Time) at Yokohama International Stadium.
Bronze Medal Game: Friday November 1: Loser SF 1 v Loser SF 2, 6pm (10pm NZ Time) at Tokyo Stadium.
Gold Medal Game: W SF 1 v W SF 2, 6pm (10pm NZ Time) at International Stadium Yokohama.