POWER RANKINGS SPECIAL EDITION

Nine Rugby World Cups played and this will be the ninth quarter-final the All Blacks have qualified for, a run of success that is taken for granted. New Zealand has never met Ireland at this stage before, but they have met some familiar foes more than once.

Today we rank the eight previous quarter-finals involving New Zealand, from worst through to best. The biggest factor is performance of the All Blacks, but also taken into account are the quality of the match and venue, and the sense of occasion. As a footnote, we'll mention the best

8. New Zealand 29 Canada 13

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7. New Zealand 18 France 20

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6. New Zealand 30 Scotland 3

5. New Zealand 33 Argentina 10

4. New Zealand 30 Scotland 18

3. New Zealand 29 South Africa 9

2. New Zealand 48 Scotland 30

1. New Zealand 62 France 13