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Thursday Oct 29, 2015

New Zealand team unchanged for Rugby World Cup Final vs Australia

New Zealand have named their team to take on Australia in the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham on Saturday. The team is exactly the same as the one that beat the Springboks 20-18 in the Semi Final last weekend.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said that as the tournament comes to a close, the entire squad, management and staff have really enjoyed their time in the UK.

“We’ve really enjoyed the interaction with the people of England and Wales throughout the Rugby World Cup, as well as with our own Kiwi fans who’ve travelled and those who have stayed at home. 

“We’ve been really well looked after by our various hosts around the UK and I know as a group we have enjoyed the Tournament, both on-field and off-field because of this.

“We came here as contenders for the Cup, just like everyone else.  In our minds, we have never been defenders.   We knew we would have to earn the right to progress through the Tournament so being in the Final is very satisfying in its own right, as it’s the first Rugby World Cup Final an All Blacks team has made in the UK.  But the ultimate goal has always been to win it, so we are exactly where we need to be to try and achieve that.

“Both teams have arrived at the Final by different pathways.  We’ve had the luxury of building game by game throughout the whole Tournament, whilst Australia have had to be at their very best right from day one.  Mental fortitude and physical endurance, together with skill execution and sheer desire, will be the key ingredients come Saturday.

“We’ve had a great preparation so far this week at Pennyhill; the boys are feeling really fresh and energised. We’re building towards Saturday’s match with a growing sense of determination and real excitement and I couldn’t be happier with where we are at.

“We know that all our fans here and at home are as excited as we are. Once again, we’d like to thank them for all their good wishes and support, and we’ll be looking to put in a performance all of us can be proud of.”

All Blacks team:

1. Joe Moody (10) 2. Dane Coles (35) 3. Owen Franks (77) 4. Brodie Retallick (46) 5. Samuel Whitelock (72) 6. Jerome Kaino (66) 7. Richie McCaw (147) – captain 8. Kieran Read (83) 9. Aaron Smith (46) 10. Daniel Carter (111) 11. Julian Savea (40) 12. Ma’a Nonu (102) 13. Conrad Smith (93) 14. Nehe Milner-Skudder (7) 15. Ben Smith (47)
Reserves
16. Keven Mealamu (131) 17. Ben Franks (46) 18. Charlie Faumuina (32) 19. Victor Vito (32) 20. Sam Cane (30) 21. Tawera Kerr-Barlow (19) 22. Beauden Barrett (35) 23. Sonny Bill Williams (32)

– View the Wallabies team –

Key points of interest

  • The All Blacks matchday 23 for the Test against Australia has an average age of 28 and has 1,339 Test caps of experience.
  • This is the first time the All Blacks and Australia have met in a RWC Final. The sides have met three times in semifinals: in 1991, 2003 and at the last RWC in 2011. This weekend, Australia and New Zealand will be playing their 155th Test match. The All Blacks record stands at 105 wins, 42 losses and seven draws.
  • Daniel Carter last weekend became the first visiting player to score 100 points at Twickenham.  Carter has also kicked 21 conversions in this tournament. Only former All Black Grant Fox (30) and former Springbok Percy Montgomery (22) have kicked more in an RWC tournament.
  • Sonny Bill Williams, Jerome Kaino and Sam Whitelock have played in 13 consecutive Rugby World Cup wins, a RWC record.
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