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Top 15 of 2019: No. 2 - The All Blacks Early RWC Exit

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Thu, 19 Dec 2019, 8:25AM
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Top 15 of 2019: No. 2 - The All Blacks Early RWC Exit

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Radio Sport,
Publish Date
Thu, 19 Dec 2019, 8:25AM

Radio Sport's Top 15 Sporting Moments returns for 2019 as Jason Pine counts down the biggest sports stories of the year.

We're into the final five, and for moment Number 2, Jason looks at the All Blacks surprise early exit from this year's Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The All Blacks went into the 2019 Rugby World Cup as two time defending champions.

Despite a couple of hiccups during the year - a 16-all draw with South Africa and a heavy loss to the Wallabies in Perth - New Zealand were still firm favourites to win a third straight tile.

They beat South Africa in their first pool game, before cruising through to the quarterfinals. They would face an Ireland team that had beaten them twice in the last three meetings.

This time, the result was different. The All Blacks dispatched them comfortably to set up a semifinal against fierce rivals England.

From the first whistle to the last, England completely outplayed the All Blacks. Many fans were in shock, at just how one-sided the game ended up being. There was no controversial forward pass, no food poisoning... just a team thoroughly done over.

The result, an early exit from the World Cup for the All Blacks. The country was not happy, with four years of "processes" seemingly not coming to fruition.

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