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Steve Hansen looks to Sonny Bill Williams to inspire All Blacks

Steve Hansen has backed "pretty freaky beast" Sonny Bill Williams to light up New Zealand's bid to make history and retain the World Cup.

The Rugby League convert dragged the All Blacks to victory with a pulsating cameo in Sunday's edgy 26-16 triumph over Argentina at Wembley.

All Blacks centre, Sonny Bill Williams, is set for an 'exciting tournament' according to head coach Steve Hansen

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No easy World Cup games - Williams

Sonny Bill Williams made an instant impact as New Zealand opened their World Cup defence with victory against Argentina, but says there is plenty of work to do.

Williams, who has flitted between codes and had a spell in the NRL with Sydney Roosters after helping the All Blacks win the 2011 World Cup on home soil, provided plenty of attacking impetus when he came on at Wembley in the 26-16 win.

Sonny Bill Williams won't be taking their opponents likely.

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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen wants team to embrace favourites tag

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen wants his All Blacks to embrace the pressure that faces them as they set out to retain their World Cup crown.

The 2011 champions will kick off the defence of their title against Argentina at Wembley on Sunday.

Kiwi coach Steve Hansen is hoping his team can win the first ever back-to-back Rugby World Cup victory

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All Blacks were 'arrogant' - head coach Steve Hansen

As the reigning champions prepared to depart for England, coach Steve Hansen said he will be going back to basics in order to "earn the right to go forward" in the competition.

The All Blacks will be looking to be the first team to win back-to-back World Cups in this year's tournament which kicks off next week.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen hopes to learn from the arrogance New Zealand have displayed in the past

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