Oval Talk caught up with former All
Blacks legend Zinzan Brooke ahead of the World Cup final against France in
Auckland to find out who he thinks will lift the Webb Ellis Trophy on Sunday.
"We've been here before against France
in a must-win game but I think the All Blacks will do it," said Brooke, who was capped 58 times by New Zealand.
"They are certainly good enough and, throughout
this World Cup, they have consistently shown the intensity they will need to
win this game.
"All the preparation has been done now
and the training camp was obviously good; you can see that with the way New
Zealand have been on the pitch.
"The forwards will need to lay the
foundations on Sunday. The two packs, France and the All Blacks, are pretty
"With France it comes down to how you
play them from the back. They can stifle your game if you let them.
"The weather is currently fantastic and
if it stays like this is won't affect the match or either team too much.
"France haven't played the kind of rugby
yet that makes you think they are world beaters. They have stumbled through to
this stage, obviously with the loss to the All Blacks early on but also with
the loss to Tonga in their last pool match.
"Sometimes that kind of rugby is good
enough to get through and that's what we've seen with France but I am still
confident the AB's can do it. It's a massive boost that they haven't lost a
"Heading into the tournament there were
question marks over whether we could host such a massive tournament but I think
we have answered them - cities, towns, everyone has all come together.
"And the timing of the final is perfect,
with a public holiday on Monday - I'm sure the atmosphere in Auckland and
around the country will be intense."
Brooke was acting as a Heineken
ambassador with Heineken having just announced that is has extended their
sponsorship of the Rugby World Cup until 2015, when the tournament will be held