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23.October.2011

All Blacks v France (RWC Final)

Auckland

9:00 PM

8-7

Truly fitting the French stand between the All Blacks

It was somehow prophetic when former French lock Lionel Nallet mused that he thought Les Bleus would lose their pool match against the All Blacks, because it would be too much to ask to beat them twice in New Zealand.
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Smith relishes last chance

It may have been lost in all the hype about New Zealand's journey to the Rugby World Cup final, their first since 1995, but Sunday's decider will be the last with the team for backs coach Wayne Smith.
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France talk up All Blacks

France are talking up the All Blacks at every given opportunity, publicly proclaiming the underdog tag while still holding an inner belief that they are a real chance of a World Cup final upset.
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Support fires up Read

All Blacks No.8 Kieran Read said the support his side has enjoyed from the New Zealand public has sent shivers down his spine.
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Israel Dagg comes up trumps

Israel Dagg's success in the All Blacks fullback role was no real surprise to the men who put him there, the New Zealand selectors.
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All Blacks team for RWC Final against France

All Blacks Coach Graham Henry and his Assistant Coaches Steve Hansen and Wayne Smith have today announced the All Blacks team for the 2011 Rugby World Cup Final against France at Eden Park, Auckland, on Sunday October 23, naming an unchanged starting XV from the side that beat Australia 20–6 in last weekend’s Semifinal.
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Preview: New Zealand v France

For two sides who have the best record at reaching the last four at World Cups - each has made it six times in seven attempts – New Zealand and France have well-documented and recurring trouble trying to actually win the thing.
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Kaino: Cup before honour

He may be one of the favourites to join Richie McCaw and Dan Carter as winners of the International Rugby Board's player of the year title but flanker Jerome Kaino is more concerned about winning the World Cup.
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McCaw: Leave nothing to chance

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw wants his team to end the World Cup final against France on Sunday night having done everything possible to win the game and knowing that whatever the result they could not have done anything more.
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Woodcock try the difference for NZ

New Zealand held a 5-0 advantage over France at the halftime break in the Rugby World Cup final at Eden Park in Auckland.
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