8 Sep 2011

All Blacks use 1987 blueprint in effort to repeat World Cup success

6:25 am on 8 September 2011

The All Blacks intend using the blueprint which brought them their only World Cup title in 1987 for the 2011 version.

Assistant coach Steve Hansen says while they won't be able to pick the same XV for each match, they hope to use a core group of players for each game.

The All Blacks 2007 quarter-final exit in Cardiff was in part blamed on a rotation policy but Hansen says things will be different this time.

The 1987 All Blacks were a settled side that had few changes in their lineup over the six tournament matches and the same formula was used in 1995 when the team made the final before losing to South Africa in extra time.

He says the home side needs to make an emphatic statement in the opening match against Tonga, at Eden Park on Friday night.

Hansen says something akin to John Kirwan's solo try against Italy in the 1987 tournament opener is what's needed.