Forwards: Ben Franks, Owen Franks, Charlie Faumuina, Tony Woodcock, Wyatt Crockett, Dane Coles, Keven Mealamu, Codie Taylor, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (c), Sam Cane, Victor Vito, Jerome Kaino, Liam Messam.
Backs: Aaron Smith, TJ Perenara, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Dan Carter, Beauden Barrett, Colin Slade, Ma'a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Malakai Fekitoa, Sonny Bill-Williams, Ben Smith, Julian Savea, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Waisake Naholo.
Form: Any doubts arising from New Zealand's surprise Rugby Championship defeat to Australia were soon extinguished as Steve Hansen's side exacted revenge with an emphatic victory seven days later in the Bledisloe Cup. The squad's ageing stars are showing few signs of decline and will arrive in England marked as clear favourites to defend their 2011 crown… but the All Blacks have been clear favourites before and failed to deliver. Pool C is arguably the easiest of the four groups, which may or may not work in the defending champions' favour.
Captain: Richie McCaw is the most capped player in Test history after making his 142nd appearance this summer. The flanker is the totem of the New Zealand side and will be leading them out for his fourth World Cup. But can his bruised body endure another bid for the summit?
Star player: Julian Savea's 30 tries in 35 international matches is testament to his status as the most lethal finisher in the game. The winger's strength and pace makes him a frightening prospect for any defence.
World Cup history: New Zealand are bidding to become the first team to win a third World Cup after previous triumphs in 1987 and 2011. It is remarkable then the All Blacks are still considered under-achievers on the biggest stage, having lost one final, three semi-finals, and a quarter-final in 2007.
New Zealand’s Pool C fixtures:
Sun 20 Sept NEW ZEALAND v ARGENTINA (Wembley Stadium, 4.45pm)
Thur 24 Sept NEW ZEALAND v NAMIBIA (Olympic Stadium, 8pm)
Fri 2 Oct NEW ZEALAND v GEORGIA (Millennium Stadium, 8pm)
Fri 9 Oct NEW ZEALAND v TONGA (St James Park, 8pm)