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When it was announced that New Zealand were to be awarded this World Cup back in November 2005, almost everybody knew it was the morally...
Peter Bills: All Blacks won the cup, but it was the locals who won hearts
SO the wrong side won the final but the right side won the World Cup. Well, that was what it amounted to in the end, wasn’t it?
Hugh Farrelly: A final word from Down Under
Pretty decent. Not as good as 1995, but not as bad as 1999 or 2007. While issues remain as to whether New Zealand should have been hosting in the first place, the Kiwis put on a good show and the...
Tony Ward: French heart makes for a fitting finale
Allez La France, Allez Les Bleus. They may have come up just short but Thierry Dusautoir et amis did themselves and the game proud.
Peter Bills RWC Diary: Is this guy just plain thick?
I woke up this morning here in Auckland and couldn’t believe what I was reading on the...
Hugh Farrelly: 'Brave' French can soften Kiwis' cough
THERE has been a lot of talk about bravery this week. Wales were praised across the board for 'bravely' battling on after being reduced to 14...
Peter Bills: Pressure on All Blacks to stick to attacking guns and light up World
New Zealand believe their beloved All Blacks have just one task left in this Sunday's Rugby World Cup final -- win the Webb Ellis Trophy for the first...
Peter Bills RWC Diary: Play-off games are for losers
I shared a panel on TV here in Auckland the other night with former All Blacks coach John Hart and that great No. 8 of yesteryear Murray Mexted.
James Lawton: All Blacks' boy next door is living every player's dream
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Tony Ward: Officials doing Ireland proud
IT should have been a weekend to celebrate all that's great in rugby but, good as New Zealand were -- and they were awesome -- the penultimate phase of the competition will be remembered...