Dan Carter (AP)
Cape Town - The All Blacks will have some iconic figures playing their final Test match in Saturday's Rugby World Cup final, but that is not something to talk about now.
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That is the view of assistant coach Ian Foster, who does not want to even entertain focusing on the departures of players like Dan Carter, Richie McCaw and Kevin Mealamu.
"I don’t think we need to spend much time on it at all. It’s a Rugby World Cup final," he said this week in a press conference that was run on the Allblacks.com website.
"We’ve talked about this particular game for a long, long time. We’ve wanted to be here, we’ve had to work hard to be here and now for all the team – whether they’re thinking about moving on or not – it’s all about the here and the now.
"There’ll be plenty of time to talk about people afterwards. We don’t want to waste this opportunity."
The All Blacks go into Saturday's final against Australia as favourites and defending champions.
Kick-off at Twickenham is 18:00.