AUCKLAND, 23 Oct. - New Zealand coach Graham Henry lavished praise on the dogged performance of the All Blacks in Sunday's 8-7 Rugby World Cup victory over France - and admitted there were some tense moments in the coaches' box.
Accepting there are "absolutely no guarantees", inspirational captain Richie McCaw says sheer desire won't be enough to secure a win for the All Blacks in Sunday night's Rugby World Cup final.
McCaw is taking nothing for granted, but hopes painful past failures will drive New Zealand to an emotional victory over France that would finally earn the top-ranked side the Webb Ellis Cup for the first time in 24 years.
Kapa o pango kia whakawhenua au i ahau! I ahau! Hi aue, hi! Ko Aotearoa e ngunguru nei! au, au, aue ha! Ko kapa o Pango e ngunguru nei! au, au, aue ha! I ahaha! Ka tu te ihiihi Ka tu te wanawana Ki runga ki te rangi e tu iho nei, tu iho nei, hi! Ponga ra! Kapa o Pango, aue hi! Ponga ra! Kapa o Pango, aue hi, ha!
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Australia's Rugby World Cup campaign is over after New Zealand piled more Eden Park misery on the Wallabies in Sunday night's blockbuster semi-final in Auckland. The All Blacks outclassed the Wallabies 20-6 in front of 60,087 mostly delirious fans to book a final showdown next Sunday night with France, who edged out Wales 9-8 in Saturday's first semi-final.
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Eden Park, the International Rugby Board (IRB) and Trade Me have teamed up to offer fans the ability to claim one of ten 30 x 30cm squares of the very area where Richie McCaw was presented with the Webb Ellis Cup last Sunday.
The French rugby team is refusing to comment on allegations Richie McCaw was eye-gouged during Sunday's Rugby World Cup final - other than to claim the All Blacks skipper kneed a Frenchman in the face earlier in the match.Rugby...
24 years and the monkey is off the back, they did not choke and all the other clichés could be brought out. But the 2011 version of the All Blacks withstood everything France and injury could through at them and came out as Champions in Eden Park.
Finally, after 46 games and more than 3680 minutes of rugby, the final of Rugby World Cup 2011 is upon us. The All Blacks have swept all before them, Graham Henry’s side troubled only by a willing Pumas outfit in the quarter-finals. France, on the other hand, have experienced the ups and downs of tournament rugby.