The ninth staging of the Rugby World Cup took place in Japan, the first time the tournament has been staged in Asia.
The All Blacks are a global sporting powerhouse with a winning record that sits just under 80% over the past 100 years. But how has that success been achieved, and what sets this team apart in not just rugby but world sport in its entirety?
With the sport's showpiece set to kick off in Japan, ESPN's rugby experts rank the best of the best on show at the tournament.
On the eve of the Rugby World Cup, Tom Hamilton assesses how far the game has come and how far it still has to go in its understanding of the most prevalent -- and damaging -- injury in rugby.