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The All Blacks again set the standard for the rest of the rugby world but performances by the chasing pack in 2014 demonstrated next year's World Cup in England could be the most open yet.An angry All Blacks' side then destroyed them 51-20 the following week on Eden Park, and their Rugby Championship ended with two losses, which included Argentina's first win in the Southern Hemisphere competition, while Kurtley Beale was involved in a bust-up with a member of the team management.Ireland were the biggest improvers over the last 12 months, beating Australia and South Africa in November, and the fact Steve Hansen was named as World Rugby's coach of the year seemed a little incongruous given the strides Schmidt's team has made.Hansen's team, however, seem better prepared for the World Cup challenge than ever before.
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