New Zealand will be looking to add some spice to their already-strong defence, with the All Blacks set to look to take a step forward in their battle with England.
The All Blacks will have a squad of seven players at the World Cup in Russia and a further eight in the squad to face England in the second leg of their semi-final on Sunday.
The first squad to play for the All Black team will be selected at a press conference on Saturday morning and will be announced on Sunday morning.
The match kicks off at 4:30pm NZST (NZT) and will kick off at 5:30am NZST.
The second squad will be released from the hotel on Friday night and will travel to London for the first leg.
The first leg will be played on Friday 10th June, with a second leg to be played a day later.
The team will travel on Saturday to Cardiff to take on the Welsh Rugby Union, who are also in London.
The third squad will fly back to Auckland on Sunday and are due to fly to London on Monday.
A team of international players is set to fly out from the Cardiff airport on Sunday afternoon.
The squad will travel for a short training session on Sunday at 6:00am NZT before flying back to London.
It is understood the first two teams have been allocated to fly home, with both teams expected to be released on Monday morning.
New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen said the team would not be playing on Thursday.
“I don’t know how they can play, I don’t think they’ll play on Thursday, they’re in the hotel, it’s a long flight,” Hansen said.
“But they’re going to be in the room, it is a long game.
I think the first game is the biggest one, but we’ll see how that goes.”
It is believed the first-team squad will include the likes of flyhalf TJ Perenara, centre Dan Carter, prop Dan Carter-Vickers, wing Tomás Bernardi, hooker James Horwill, loose forward Julian Savea, flyhalf Luke Romano and hooker Kieran Read.
The New Zealand players will travel with their head coach, Steve Hansen, and will have an opportunity to speak to the media at the hotel and in the training room before departing for the tournament.
They will be joined by players from the English Rugby Union squad.
England head coach Stuart Lancaster, who is playing in his second World Cup, is expected to meet with the team.
Ahead of the game, the All Blues captain, Sonny Bill Williams, said it was “very exciting to get out there with the first team”.
“We know the way the game has been played and how we’ve played so we know exactly how to win it,” he said.
“We have the quality to win games, but that’s the way it’s been going so far.”
Lancaster said he expected the team to “do well” in the opening match.
“We’ll look to play a good game and get the ball going,” he told BBC Radio 5 live.
“The game will start well, and we’ll take the opportunity to see what we can do.”
New Zealand are in the midst of a difficult period in their preparations ahead of the World Cups.
Their first Test against Italy at Twickenham on Friday is expected, and they will also play France on Saturday.
The rest of their preparations include a two-match tour of South Africa.
The team will return to Auckland for the World Rugby Sevens Series on Sunday, with players training at the training complex on Saturday afternoon.