In the first of a series of Power Rankings specials we rank the All Blacks World Cup openers.
8. 1999 - All Blacks 45 Tonga 9, Ashton Gate, Bristol
This was the first full international between the two sides and about the only memorable thing about the game was that a Tongan starred – for New Zealand.
Jonah Lomu opened '99 much like he opened '95, with two tries and a huge amount of wow-factor given what he battled health-wise in the intervening years.
Apart from that, this was an unmemorable but perhaps fitting start to a badly organised tournament.