New Zealand will try to make history later this year as they attempt to win the Rugby World Cup for the third successive time.

The Kiwis narrowly beat France in the 2011 final, before holding off a stirring comeback by Australia to retain the trophy four years later.

They have lost just two of their last 17 Test matches and will undoubtedly be tough to beat when the tournament gets underway in September.

Read on as we look at the main contenders at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Kiwis look a cut above the rest

New Zealand are priced at 1.85 in the latest Rugby World Cup odds to win the title for a fourth time and it’s difficult to believe anyone will stop them in their quest.

The Kiwis ruthlessly demolished Italy in their most recent outing and they look a cut above the rest of the opposition.

Australia, South Africa and Ireland are the only nations to beat them in the last two years, but none of that trio appeal as likely winners in Japan.

New Zealand should breeze through the group stage and are strongly fancied to lift the trophy on November 2.

England out to prove a point

England are on a recovery mission at the World Cup having disappointingly missed out on Six Nations glory earlier this year.

Eddie Jones’s side finished second behind Wales in that tournament and will head into the World Cup with a major point to prove.

England have been accused of lacking focus – an issue highlighted by them blowing a 31-0 lead to draw 38-38 with Scotland in their final Six Nations match.

If Jones can find a way to keep his players switched on they could be a force to be reckoned with at the World Cup, but that is probably easier said than done.

Wales and Ireland the best of the rest

Wales showcased their quality at the Six Nations, winning the title without losing any of their five matches.

Warren Gatland’s side will be one of the best sides defensively at the World Cup, although it is debatable whether they are good enough to topple New Zealand.

Ireland were beaten by both Wales and England at the Six Nations and will need to perform much better if they are to challenge in Japan.

South Africa and Australia should make it through to the latter stages of the tournament, but both appear to lack the quality needed to win a World Cup.