Cape Town - New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has taken an unusual step as he looks to give the
All Blacks every chance of success at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
According to the Stuff website, Hansen
is currently on a planning visit to Japan, where it was confirmed that Yokohama's Nissan Stadium would host this year's third
Bledisloe Cup Test on October 27.
With the All Blacks also playing
Japan the following weekend at Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo, the clash
against the Wallabies gives Hansen's squad a chance to experience
another key World Cup venue ahead of their quest for three-straight
The All Blacks play their opening match of the 2019 tournament against
South Africa in Yokohama and their match against an African qualifier in
But a big part of their preparation includes being comfortable with
the Japanese culture - and that includes learning the language.
busy at home studying to see if we can learn some of it," Hansen told
local reporters. "For some it's easy, for others it's difficult.
we want to come and win it. But we also want to enjoy our time here in
Japan and get to understand the Japanese people and spend some time with
them, so it's very much about playing some good rugby, some winning
rugby, and enjoying the culture of the country."