France v New Zealand: Teams

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France v New Zealand: Teams

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New Zealand and France have both named unchanged line-ups for Sunday's World Cup final at Eden Park.

The All Blacks go into the game as huge favourites to end their 24-year wait for a second World Cup title - particularly after thumping France 37-17 in the pool stages.

New Zealand won the inaugural tournament when they comfortably beat France, also at Eden Park, with few betting against there being a similar outcome.

France, though, have a history of upsetting the odds against the All Blacks - with Les Bleus having recorded shock victories in both the 1999 and 2007 tournaments.

Although both sides have gone for continuity in selection, they have each made changes among their replacements.

For New Zealand, Adam Thomson replaces Victor Vito after the loose forward proved his fitness.

For France, Damien Traille will look to make an impression after getting the nod ahead of Cedric Heymans - with coach Marc Lievremont having named the same starting XV for the third match in a row.

New Zealand: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Richard Kahui, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock
Replacements: 16 Andrew Hore, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Ali Williams, 19 Adam Thomson, 20 Andy Ellis, 21 Stephen Donald, 22 Sonny Bill Williams

France: 15 Maxime Medard, 14 Vincent Clerc, 13 Aurelien Rougerie, 12 Maxime Mermoz, 11 Alexis Palisson, 10 Morgan Parra, 9 Dimitri Yachvili, 8 Imanol Harinordoquy, 7 Julien Bonnaire, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (capt), 5 Lionel Nallet, 4 Pascal Pape, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 William Servat, 1 Jean-Baptiste Poux
Replacements: 16 Dimitri Szarzewski, 17 Fabien Barcella, 18 Julien Pierre, 19 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 20 Jean-Marc Doussain, 21 Francois Trinh-Duc, 22 Damien Traille

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