COMMENT:

Hidden in plain sight against Tonga was the All Blacks' World Cup gameplan. Not all of it by any means, but the essence; the foundation of what they hope will set them apart in Japan.

What defines this All Blacks team is their basic skills and their ability to execute them with a consistency and intensity that few, if any other, teams can match.

And bringing sharp pass and catch to Japan is going to be the All Blacks' big play. That's essentially how they are going to try to win a third successive World Cup – by using

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