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September 24, 2021

Rugby WC: France to face New Zealand in the big final

New Zealand booked their place in a World Cup final on home soil with a dominant 20-6 win against Australia at Eden Park on Sunday, one day after France beat 14-man Wales 9-8 in a controversial match that saw Sam Warburton sent-off in the first-half, Eurosport informs. Scumhalf Piri Weepu kicked 12 points for the All Blacks, who set up a final encounter against France next week-end. Inside centre Ma’a Nonu scored an early try for the All Blacks, who produced a brutally efficient, high-tempo game plan to blow the Wallabies off the park and record their first win over their trans-Tasman rivals at the global showpiece. In the other game France beat 14-man Wales 9-8 in a controversial match. Wales captain Sam Warburton (7) makes an illegal tackle on France’s Vincent and was eliminated after only 18 minutes. Wales had enjoyed a 70 per cent territorial dominance in the opening 15 minutes before the dismissal of their skipper after 18 minutes.

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