They would join the All Blacks in pool B at the 2019 tournament.
World Rugby chair Bill Beaumont said the World Cup was "coming home".
The former captain insists defeat might set the All Blacks up for the World Cup.
The winners will join the All Blacks' pool at next year's Rugby World Cup
Eight uncapped players will make their international debuts against Japan.
The movie will be centred around Japan's World Cup win over South Africa.
But coach Steve Hansen hints this is a dress rehearsal for next year's World Cup.
The former NZ coach said they'd take plenty of positives away from Wellington.
If players and fans fail to cover up, they may be mistaken for the Yakuza.
We look at some of the key questions 365 days out from kick-off in Japan.
The Englishman famously refereed the All Blacks' quarter-final defeat to France in 2007.
New Zealand Rugby is hoping to win the rights to host the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup.
The 2021 tournament could head downunder - the question is where?
They're out of the Football World Cup, but their rugby team could face the All Blacks.
"If you don't win this game then you all have to resign from the team."
Hopefully Spark will do a better job with the Rugby World Cup than Optus has done with the football.