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'Are we the Ireland to their UK?' – New Zealand website at pains to highlight differences with Australia ahead of World Cup Final

Published 28/10/2015 | 09:08

All Blacks centre Ma'a Nonu offloads the ball to Malakai Fekitoa during a Rugby Championship match against the Wallabies
All Blacks centre Ma'a Nonu offloads the ball to Malakai Fekitoa during a Rugby Championship match against the Wallabies

National pride is taking over one particular New Zealand media outlet ahead of this weekend's World Cup Final keen to pint out key differences between New Zealand and Australia.

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The two great rugby rivals will clash in Twickenham on Saturday for the right to be crowned world champions and popular Kiwi website Stuff.co.nz has been highlighting why New Zealand is superior to neighbours Australia for fear of international indifference.

"To the rest of the world, we might as well be the seventh state of Australia - even though we're playing them in the Rugby World Cup final this weekend," is the opening line of the article entitled 'Are we the Ireland to their UK, the Canada to their United States?'

"Things might have gotten a bit better with Lord of the Rings and Lorde (and this last month), but just try getting through a conversation overseas without the word "Australia" coming up. At best, we're their Canada; at worst, you're saying "next to Australia" so they can attempt to position us on a map."

The article admits that confusion between the two countries is understandable – "How many of you think Ireland is part of the United Kingdom?" before listing a number of reasons why New Zealand isn't Australia, including the fact they are "clearly" superior at rugby and also enjoy a better film industry.

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