Despite their woes to begin 2019, the All Blacks are more than capable of bringing home the Rugby World Cup from Japan, according to injured star Damian McKenzie.
Having struggled to adapt to the new 'dual playmaker' system, the All Blacks have at times looked far from their best this year.
The team recorded an unconvincing win over Argentina in Buenos Aires followed by a draw with the Springboks in Wellington before losing to Australia in Perth.
However, they returned to form in style in their last two matches before the World Cup, with a 36-0 win over the Wallabies backed up by an emphatic 92-7 thrashing of Tonga.
Speaking to 1 NEWS at a sponsor's event in Auckland this morning, McKenzie said that he's confident his teammates can win a third straight World Cup crown.
"Their last two matches in particular, against Aussie and then Tonga, were really good matches to prep themselves," McKenzie said.
"Once they get over there, it's still pretty hot in Japan, so hopefully the ball's pretty dry when they're playing.
"I'm pretty confident the boys will do really well. I'm really excited to see how they go.
"[There's] some pretty tough competition this year, but I'm backing the lads and I'm sure they'll get it done."
The All Blacks begin their Rugby World Cup against South Africa in Yokohama on September 21.