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Old October 22nd, 2011, 10:44 AM   #441
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Regardless of who wins I have had a great time with the French and thanks for making the RWC so memorable
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Old October 22nd, 2011, 10:46 AM   #442
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"Thank you, New Zealand" - Martin Snedden

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It's been a really tough last 12 months for New Zealand. The magnitude of the Christchurch disaster and the complexity of the road to recovery have knocked us all. Pike River added to our sadness. On top of that, the economic recession has lasted long and bitten deeper than any of us expected. We've grieved for those directly affected by these events and worried about our country's future. Rugby World Cup 2011 hasn't solved the problems but it has given us some fantastic relief at a time when we needed some form of escape. Our collective efforts have given us just cause to be proud of who we are and, most importantly, to start smiling again. The nation's morale has lifted.

Our thousands of guests have sensed our mood and responded brilliantly, adding rich colour and flavour to this celebration of our national game and our country. We owe them heaps. Maybe the All Blacks will win tomorrow, maybe they won't. I fervently hope they do but, regardless, New Zealand's hosting effort will be rightly regarded as a huge success. The key to that is how people genuinely embraced the notion that great hosting is about taking care of guests first and placing our own needs second. The atmosphere in every stadium has been magical. One day we would discover our Irish heritage, next day we'd become Welsh. What on earth would international TV viewers watching the Georgia versus Romania game have made of so many spectators at that match wearing red or yellow buckets on their heads?

Maybe we've been a bit crazy at times, but we were convincing enough at both Eden Park and Otago Stadium for Brian O'Driscoll to truly believe tens of thousands of Irishmen had made the long trek to New Zealand to support his team. The reality was that it was mostly us Kiwis who had taken his men to our hearts. Every community throughout New Zealand that's had responsibility for hosting a slice of the cup has done so selflessly and with great passion. The Real New Zealand Festival and the showcasing initiatives led by the NZ 2011 Office have been a great success, broadening our focus well beyond rugby to enable thousands of non-rugby Kiwis to enjoy and contribute to the tournament.

Let's celebrate the key role Auckland has played in encouraging people to embrace the tournament. There were some major issues on opening night but Rachael Dacy and her Auckland team have done a great job igniting a vibrant and united city that Aucklanders have long craved. The waterfront, the Fan Trail to Eden Park, the street flags and bunting, the wonderful school projects, all of these and much more helped enormously give this event its mojo. Some said the "stadium of 4 million" concept was fanciful, unachievable. Thankfully, most Kiwis preferred to take up our challenge. The success of this event truly belongs to the people of New Zealand. Our heartfelt thanks to all of you. New Zealand's triumph is rightfully yours to savour.
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Old October 23rd, 2011, 07:46 AM   #443
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Old October 23rd, 2011, 08:40 AM   #444
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Fingers crossed, but I'm a bit pessimistic about the result of the today's game...

Anyway.....

ALLEZ LES BLEUS !!!
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Old October 23rd, 2011, 10:01 AM   #445
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Let's go France !!!

And good luck All Blacks.
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Old October 23rd, 2011, 12:45 PM   #446
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Congrats All Blacks !!





Anyway, I am proud of what the XV de France did during this game. (bravo les petits !)

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Old October 23rd, 2011, 12:49 PM   #447
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Whate a shame on the referee ! Always the same fault on rucks and 0 penalty !

Congrats all blacks.
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Old October 23rd, 2011, 12:53 PM   #448
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Was so close..

Congrats to the kiwi, they made a good world cup...
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Old October 23rd, 2011, 01:18 PM   #449
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Great Game, Great Win !

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Old October 23rd, 2011, 04:42 PM   #450
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Whate a shame on the referee ! Always the same fault on rucks and 0 penalty !

Congrats all blacks.
Thought the same thing. Both teams would have made worthy winners.

Congratulations New Zealand.

France you were brave in defeat, I really feel for you.

Thankyou New Zealand and France for making a really entertaining Final.
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Old October 23rd, 2011, 06:46 PM   #451
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France has shown that it is present in major events, not Mr. Joubert. The players gave everything, absolutely everything, thank you.

Congratulations AB for this beautiful world cup.
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Old October 23rd, 2011, 07:38 PM   #452
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Beautiful match!
Now I hope your newspapers will revise what they said during all the competition about the french team. I think they have shown on this match what they really were.

Congratulations to the All Blacks, you deserve it since all this time. Celebrate it well and see you in England in 2015
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Have seen the game in Denmark, lot of kiwis. They were so sure to win at the beginning of the game, then a little bit less, then at the end they looked as if they had stolen the game.

Though they probably deserve the title based on what they have shown for the last four years.

The french win the final of courage, of the heart. They were HUGE ! Bravo les petits !
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Congratulations.

I know that the referee was the 16th All Black in the pitch but in all the tournament, you were the winners. And you disurb the Webb Ellis trophy.

But in our mind, we won the final...
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Congratulations, All Blacks. Damn, it was close this time
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The france team are the ONLY TEAM IN RUGBY WORLD CUP HISTORY TO LOSE 3 GAMES ONE OF THEM WAS IN THE FINAL !
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The france team are the ONLY TEAM IN RUGBY WORLD CUP HISTORY TO LOSE 3 GAMES ONE OF THEM WAS IN THE FINAL !
Thanks for your contribution Darloye, thats what we should remember...


ENGLAND IS THE ONLY TEAM WHO LOST AGAINST THE TEAM WHO LOST THREE GAMES IN THE WORLD CUP (Wales too actually but they were 14)

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Thierry Dusautoir best player of the year by IRB. Congratulations



Best team : NZ
Best coach : Graham Henry
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Old October 24th, 2011, 08:03 PM   #459
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ENGLAND IS THE ONLY TEAM WHO LOST AGAINST THE TEAM WHO LOST THREE GAMES IN THE WORLD CUP (Wales too actually but they were 14)
Canada too, actually. And Japan.
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Yes Saying they should not of been their
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