NZ coach wary of French threat

New Zealand will be overwhelming favourites when they play France in Sunday's World Cup final, a repeat of the inaugural 1987 match-up that the All Blacks won.

Graham Henry

But All Blacks coach Graham Henry yesterday warned that he would not underestimate a French side he said could be "the best in the world on their day", despite having already beaten them 37-17 in a pool match earlier.
"We don't underestimate the ability of France. Although they didn't play well in their semi-final (the French just held on for a 9-8 win against Wales), we know they have the ability to play outstanding rugby," said  Henry, who survived calls to be sacked after New Zealand's 20-18 World Cup quarter-final loss to France in Cardiff four years ago.

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