The Australia and South Africa looks the pace, on the other hand, Argentina is yet to make a breakthrough
In the series of Irish and British Lions, the All Blacks juggernaut hit in a road bump, but for the world champions, it should be a usual business when they take on Australia, Argentina and South Africa in the Rugby Championship.
When New Zealand took the title last year, they reduced their opponents to road kill by winning all six matches that they played with try-scoring points (bonus) and with crushing win bookending their campaign in South Africa (57-15) and Australia (42-8).
The pressure that the Lions were able to impose the All Blacks in June and July under in their drawn series would offer hope for the Springboks and Wallabies and were not the proud nations of rugby at such a low ebb.
For the first time Argentina seems even less efficient to beat the All Blacks and this is going to be against the other two nations, which the teams will be targeting the two wins which in the southern hemisphere championship they want in their sixth crack.
Initially the Pumas to face South Africa take their quest to Port Elizabeth after the team New Zealand and Australia in Sydney opened the tournament, this season the first of three Bledisloe Cup Tests.
Once again, the unenviable task of the Wallabies is taking on the All Blacks in the test back-to-back at the beginning of their campaign and Australians (the most optimistic) are expecting first win in all six matches opposite to their neighbor.
The Super Rugby campaign in which no Australian teams managed to get even a single victory over the New Zealand team in 26 attempts lead to a window of disappointing June Test.