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Rugby World Cup Final 2011: A Game for Gentlemen Played By Warriors and Won By Heroes

Looking back on one of then classic Rugby World Cup finals of the modern era The right result but Les Bleus obviously hadn’t read the script as the All Blacks nearly choked on a surprise French resistance. This was meant to be easy. A dominant All Black team, led by the mighty Richie McCaw and boasting one of the most fearsome scrums in history against France. France the fortunate. France the fluky, even. This was a mismatch in the minds of all but the French, and headlines had already been written about New Zealand capturing the prize that’s evaded them for 24 years. It was against France in the 1987 final that the Webb Ellis trophy was last in Kiwi hands. And Jesus, did this country want i

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