The All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is satisfied with their 2015 Rugby World Cup pool, as the head of group C which includes Argentina and Tonga.
Other nations have less favourable pools, like England who has paid for its relatively low ranking by ending up in the toughest pool for the next World Cup.
The host nation has been drawn in pool A which is headed by Australia and also includes the Six Nations champions Wales whose November losses have also been costly.
Hansen says Argentina will be tough and Tonga will provide a physical challenge in pool play but says when it comes to form there could be big changes between now and 2015.
The remaining eight of 20 teams will be decided by a global qualification process over the coming year.