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All Blacks status questioned by Waugh

5th August 2019, 19:07 by Neil Foster

Former Australia captain Phil Waugh is unsure whether New Zealand are currently the team they were as the World Cup approaches.

The All Blacks have won the past two World Cups, beating France and Australia in the respective finals, and are many people's favourites to make it three in a row in Japan later this year.

However, they have struggled early in the Rugby Championship, beating Argentina 20-16 before a 16-16 draw with South Africa on home soil.

They entered the 2015 World Cup seemingly unstoppable but Waugh, who won 79 caps for the Wallabies, does not see it that way this time around.

"Coming off that draw, they should have beaten the Springboks - 16-9 with a couple of minutes to go, they should have closed out that game," he told Fox Sports.

New Zealand face the Aussies in Perth this weekend and Waugh belies that it is a huge game in preparation for the World cup.

He added: "The All Blacks have been beaten by Ireland, they've been beaten by South Africa and I think they're not nearly as dominant as they were almost to the point where you could say, are they the best team in the world at the moment?

"Because you've got Ireland, you've got Wales, who went through a grand slam, and you've got South Africa who are picking players from all around the world now, so world class players getting picked for the Springboks."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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