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New Zealand name unchanged line-up, as Henry seeks 'internal peace'
The coach spoke about what a World Cup final win would mean to him ahead of Sunday’s game.

NEW ZEALAND COACH Graham Henry has picked the exact same side that beat Australia for Sunday’s final showdown with France.

Henry said it was not a difficult decision, given that the team had played so well previously.

Winning the World Cup would represent a milestone for the coach, following a series of near-misses that have meant that the All Blacks have not won the tournament since the inaugural event in 1987.

And when asked what a World Cup win would mean to him, Henry told reporters:

“Peace. Internal peace. My mum’s still alive – she’s 95 now – and she’ll be delighted when it finishes, because she thinks I’m under pressure. She doesn’t understand I don’t do much.

“My wife will be rejoicing. When you’re close to people doing the job but not involved yourself, it can be a very difficult situation to be in.”

New Zealand go into Sunday’s game in excellent form, having won each of their World Cup matches thus far in a convincing fashion.

New Zealand: Israel Dagg, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Richard Kahui, Aaron Cruden, Piri Weepu; Tony Woodcock, Keven Mealamu, Owen Franks, Sam Whitelock, Brad Thorn, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (capt), Kieran Read.

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Replacements: Andrew Hore, Ben Franks, Ali Williams, Adam Thomson, Andy Ellis, Stephen Donald, Sonny Bill Williams.

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