All Blacks in black for final

2011-10-12 11:12

Auckland - If the All Blacks and French win their respective semi-finals to meet for the second time in a Rugby World Cup final, Les Bleus have graciously waived their right to be the 'home team' if they win the coin toss, according to the website.
The 2007 World Cup quarter-final between the two countries saw France win the toss and opt to play in their home kit.

Some conspiracy theorists believed that Les Bleus became “Les Bleus Noir” and opted to use a darker shade on their jerseys, forcing the All Blacks to wear an away strip - playing in a grey jersey in Cardiff four years ago.

However this time round French team manager Jo Maso said that there will be no repeat of this were the two teams to progress this weekend and replay the 1987 final, where the All Blacks won 29-9.

France would wear a white away strip.

Maso said France had to much respect for the All Blacks, while acknowledging it would be fitting to allow the World Cup hosts to wear their traditional strip in their own backyard.

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  • hilton.ralphs - 2011-10-12 11:24

    Forget the toss, I would say the team who has the most wins against the other team wears their normal jersey. Until such time as the other team racks up more wins than losses just keep pulling on the other jersey and live with it.

      Zane Daniels - 2011-10-12 21:10

      The all blacks are the only team not to have lost a game in this years RWC and if you go back you will see that the teams that have won the RWC did not lose any pool games I say all blacks v French Final

  • Alan - 2011-10-12 11:36

    It's all acedemic. If the best teams left are to compete in the final - it will be Wales and Aus.

      skaapvryer - 2011-10-12 12:11

      LOL.. what are you smoking? Aus is lucky to be there, but nevermind that, the ABs will roast them for a pre-match. Wales is the surprise of the tournament and is probably the only team deserving a spot in the final. Althought..I tend to have the odds slightly in France's favour for their semi... I suspect a AB - France final.

      CapeTownJunk - 2011-10-12 12:46

      @Alan: If Wales play Australia in the final, then France and NZ will meet in the third place playoff game, and they'll still need to resolve who wears their away strip.

  • MTRJ - 2011-10-12 11:47

    I say the team that hosts the RWC should be able to wear their own kit always. Even if the other team wins the toss.

      MAXIMUS - 2011-10-12 12:31

      I honestly thought it was a given that the hosts get to play in their kit of choice... its funny how things can get complicated. Now France look like their are ' the bigger man' over nothing. Come now.

  • Eugene Rautenbach - 2011-10-12 12:36

    I am a firm believer in "history repeats itself" - NZ vs France final

  • Bennie - 2011-10-12 12:41

    First get to the final...then talk about kit!!

      Shistirrer - 2011-10-12 13:50

      *** choke choke choke ***

  • chirpee24 - 2011-10-12 12:43

    They've got to get there first, and so does france

  • draaft - 2011-10-12 13:03

    Wal vs NZ With the Welsh keeping their heads down doing their thing, and the moment being just too much for the already shaky ABs, they offer nothing at fly-half in Cruden, virtually neutralizing their backline. Currently NZ out of form - Aus REALLY OUT OF FORM and SA- robbed but shockingly bad on attack! The only in form team in the Semi's firing on all cylinders is Wales, I would love them to win the CUP!!!! My blood is red. No literally...

      Howzitekse - 2011-10-12 13:50

      You are right about Wales, but wrong about Cruden.

      theprodigy - 2011-10-12 14:44

      perfectly summed up draaft, couldn't have said it better myself, my blood is also red, figuratively (& literally).

  • Kevin - 2011-10-12 13:29

    All Blacks wont be in the final

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-10-12 13:31

    From the Headline, my initial thoughts were "It must be because of the oil spill".

  • theprodigy - 2011-10-12 14:40

    its a bit premature to be thinking of the final NZ, you aren't there yet

      MAXIMUS - 2011-10-12 15:35

      Retard, these comments came from the French...

      raven7 - 2011-10-12 21:53

      common sense is not big with this one

      aus_beats_sa - 2011-10-13 10:19

      Yeah guys the prodigy is known to be a touch thick..

  • ExExx - 2011-10-13 11:32

    @Alan. at what time in the morning do you start drinking ?

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