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McCaw, all NZ, counting down the hours to kickoff

 New Zealand rugby players Jerome Kaino left, and Andy Ellis warm up during training in Auckland, New Zealand, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. The All Black...
 New Zealand rugby player Sonny Bill Williams, right, stretches with physiotherapist Peter Gallagher during training in Auckland, New Zealand, Wednesd...
 New Zealand All Blacks coach Graham Henry arrives for training in Auckland, New Zealand, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. The All Blacks will play Tonga in ...
 Wales rugby player James Hook, left, stretches in Porirua, New Zealand, Wednesday Sept. 7, 2011. Wales will play their opening game of Rugby World Cu...
 South African rugby player JP Pietersen, left, reacts as he avoids a tackle from teammate Jaque Forie during their training in Wellington, New Zealan...
 South African rugby player Morne Steyn, left, avoids a tackle from JP Pietersen, right during their training session in Wellington, New Zealand, Wedn...
 Australia rugby player David Pocock answers questions during a press conference ahead of the the Rugby World Cup in  Auckland,  New Zealand, Thursday...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup

New Zealand rugby players Jerome Kaino left, and Andy Ellis warm up during training in Auckland, New Zealand, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. The All Black...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup

New Zealand rugby player Sonny Bill Williams, right, stretches with physiotherapist Peter Gallagher during training in Auckland, New Zealand, Wednesd...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup

New Zealand All Blacks coach Graham Henry arrives for training in Auckland, New Zealand, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. The All Blacks will play Tonga in ...

New Zealand WCup Rugby World Cup Wales

Wales rugby player James Hook, left, stretches in Porirua, New Zealand, Wednesday Sept. 7, 2011. Wales will play their opening game of Rugby World Cu...

New Zealand WCup Rugby World Cup South Africa

South African rugby player JP Pietersen, left, reacts as he avoids a tackle from teammate Jaque Forie during their training in Wellington, New Zealan...

New Zealand WCup Rugby World Cup South Africa

South African rugby player Morne Steyn, left, avoids a tackle from JP Pietersen, right during their training session in Wellington, New Zealand, Wedn...

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Australia rugby player David Pocock answers questions during a press conference ahead of the the Rugby World Cup in Auckland, New Zealand, Thursday...

After four long years, Richie McCaw is counting down the hours before he can start trying to fully atone for New Zealand's disastrous finish to the last World Cup.
The All Blacks captain and coaching staff have answered more questions than they'd care to remember regarding New Zealand's failures at every World Cup since it won the inaugural tournament in 1987.
With the World Cup back on home soil for the first time since then, McCaw is desperate to end the drought. New Zealand's host cities and towns have been scrubbed and polished. There's flags for the 20 competing countries hanging all over the place, as is the sense of anticipation.
The All Blacks open against Tonga on Friday night in a revamped Eden Park stadium in what looms as a bruising, highly intense clash.


Updated : 2020-11-30 13:55 GMT+08:00