The Rugby World Cup starting in Japan tonight will be different than those we have experienced previously, not simply because it is the first to be held outside one of rugby's first-tier nations. For New Zealanders, it will be a new experience because we have reason not to be as anxious as we used to be.

We are well past 2011, when the All Blacks were striving to not only win the World Cup on home soil but win it for the first time since the inaugural tournament as long ago as 1987. After five failures over those 24