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RWC Showdown Between New Zealand And Australia


by Lorraine Genia – EM TV Sports, Port Moresby

As we continue to count down til the showdown that is 2015 Rugby World Cup final, the one question that the entire world of rugby is asking is whether or not New Zealand can be the first country to win the cup, back to back.

Like it or not, the All Blacks are world champions, and this weekend they’ve been tipped as the favourites to win the cup.

Should they win, they will become the first nation to win it back to back.

But, there’s a slight twist; the All Blacks have never beaten Australia at Twickenham, nor have they won a World Cup on English rugby’s home turf.

While Australia has been phenomenal throughout the competition, New Zealand has kept their preparations under the radar.

All Blacks assistant coach, Ian Foster, commented on what will be the match up of the World Cup between David Pocock and Richie McCaw.

“They’ve got some good players, that’s why they’re in the finals,” said Foster.

On the other side of the coin, Pocock himself is just grateful for a World Cup final appearance.

“For me personally, it’s been a great few years of learning and working hard to get to this point,” said Pocock.

Will Genia showed similar emotions, having grown up watching Steven Larkham, without knowing he’d one day be in his shoes.

Both Genia and Pocock were instrumental in the Wallabies fight against Argentina last week, and while bruised and battered, both are looking forward to a physical match come this weekend at Twickenham.

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