All Blacks unchanged for World Cup final
New Zealand coach Graham Henry has revealed his side are preparing to face the best team in the world ahead of Sunday’s World Cup final against France.
The All Blacks are red-hot favourites to secure their second World Cup crown – 24 years after their first, also won at Eden Park, and Henry has named an unchanged line up from the semi-final win over Australia.
France are being written off from nearly all corners, having flattered to deceive throughout the competition while they crashed to a 37-17 defeat to the All Blacks in the pool stages.
But Henry believes the French are a force to be reckoned with.
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“We have to prepare as if they’re the best in the world,” said Henry.
“The word is that France have prepared well and that they’re enjoying the underdogs tag, using it as ammunition. The media are doing a good job for them.
“We think they’re a very good rugby team with some outstanding players, and it's going to be very difficult.
“The French forward pack is as good as we've played in the competition. Their loose forwards are outstanding and they have backs who can bite you.”