The Latest: Fishing expedition: Goodhue explains the mullet

              FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2019, file photo, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen watches his players warm up ahead of the Rugby World Cup Pool B game at Oita Stadium between New Zealand and Canada in Oita, Japan. Of the eight teams remaining in the Rugby World Cup four are coached by New Zealanders who, from similar beginnings, pursued divergent coaching careers before their paths intersected at this tournament. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Friday at the Rugby World Cup in Japan (all times local):

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All Blacks center Jack Goodhue sports a mullet haircut — short at the front, long at the back and long considered out of vogue.

But Goodhue says he has science on his side.

“There’s scientific evidence it makes me faster…it was done at Harvard, I think,” Goodhue told reporters. Goodhue was joking. He clings to the style because it has become a signature of sorts, a statement of his sense of style and of humor. He happily endures the jibes of his teammates.

Goodhue has made a small concession in the week before New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup quarterfinal against Ireland, shaving off his luxuriant moustache.

“He’s taken that stupid moustache off, so that’s a good sign he’s preparing well,” All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster said.

All Blacks lock Sam Whitelock, who currently sports a luxuriant head of hair, fears the day that might not be the case.

“I probably have four haircuts left so I’m hanging onto mine,” he said.