BREAKING NEWS: Wayne Smith looks set to return to the All Black coaching set-up ahead of next year's World Cup.
New Zealand head into World Cup year as stand-out favourites to defend their title after dominating 2014 to remain on top of the global game.
The iconic 72,000-seater stadium in Yokohama has been added to the list of bidders seeking to become venues for the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
Steve Hansen has been reappointed as All Blacks coach to the end of 2017, regardless of results at next year's World Cup.
World Cup-winning England coach Clive Woodward is backing code-hopper Sam Burgess to secure a place in England's World Cup squad.
Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has branched out into rugby and has been assisting Japan's Eddie Jones in preparation the World Cup.