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New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen hinted Wednesday that the All Blacks could play a match in Japan before they defend their title here at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

“Over the next two years, we’ve got a lot of time to prepare and get a really good understanding of what it is that we’re going to have to do if we’re going to be competitive in this Rugby World Cup,” Hansen said at the tournament draw in Kyoto, where New Zealand was paired in a first-round group with South Africa, Italy, a qualifier from Africa and the winner of the repechage qualifying tournament.

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