South African legend Bryan Habana sees New Zealand as favorites as they head to the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
The three-time champions have won it back to back in the last two events and Habana believes that if they correct mistakes that saw them fall to South Africa and Ireland in 2018, they will be the team to beat.
‘I think they go into this World Cup knowing where they’ve let themselves down in 2018, knowing there are 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. The All Blacks becoming the first team ever to win three World Cups in a row is very likely.” he told Stuff NZ.
Rating Ireland chances, the winger said they will head to the tournament full of confidence but New Zealand will still have the favourites tag.
“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.” he added
He concluded by stating that 2018 campaign shows that New Zealand end up making mistakes if they are pushed to the edge and he believes most teams will be out to use that as a plan to stop the defending Champions.
“What we have seen in the last 18 months is when the All Blacks are pushed to the limit, when they are put under pressure, they do become human like everyone else and make mistakes. I think a lot of teams will be looking at how to put them under pressure, how to force them into making mistakes, ”
Habana scored 67 tries in 124 Tests and was part of the squad that won the 2007 World Cup.