Rugby World Cup 2019: Will All Blacks v England live up to expectations?

There is plenty at stake when the All Blacks face England in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals on Saturday. 

The winner of the blockbuster clash will go onto face South Africa or Wales in the final, which takes place on November 2 in Yokohama City. 

For the loser, their unbeaten run at the World Cup will end, and they'll have to play in the dreaded bronze final. 

While New Zealand have won the last six meetings between the two nations, four of those games have been decided by five points or fewer, including last year's match which the All Blacks won 16-15. 

Rugby World Cup 2019: Will All Blacks v England live up to expectations?
Rugby World Cup 2019: Will All Blacks v England live up to expectations?

Speaking to The AM Show on Friday, Newshub rugby reporter John Day said he was hopeful the heavyweight tussle lives up to the billing, in what has been an "uneventful" World Cup to date. 

"I think the winner of this game goes on to lift the William Webb Ellis trophy," said Day. "I hope it lives up to expectations. 

"Other than Japan's wins over Ireland and Scotland, and Wales' win over Australia, all the other games have been pretty forgettable. 

"It's been pretty uneventful on the field, but that can change. An All Blacks win against England and a potential final against the Springboks, and it will be one of the toughest World Cups they've won.

"This has been my third World Cup and there haven't been too many blockbuster games."

Watch the video for the full interview. 

Join us at 9pm Saturday for live updates of the All Blacks v England Rugby World Cup semi-final.

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