New Zealand and France will play the final of the Rugby World Cup game on New Zealand’s famous ‘Eden Park’ stadium on Sunday. The organizers of the Rugby World Cup announced in a communiqué posted on the official website that the sale of tickets has resulted in revenue of EUR 154.7 M, the final being booked out. The last 900 tickets were put for sale on Wednesday, with prices ranging from EUR 444 to EUR 740. The two teams, which used different methods to become the best national rugby teams in the world, will face off in front of more than 55,000 fans. While New Zealand bristled with confidence so far, winning six games out of six possible, one of them against France, Marc Lievremont’s players lost two games in the group stages, being surprisingly defeated by Tonga too. France did not impress in her semifinal against Wales either, winning by just a point, score 9-8. Meanwhile, Australia and Wales will play tomorrow (8.30 PM local time, 10.30 AM Romanian time, live on Digisport) in Auckland, for an honorary third place at the Rugby World Cup.
The two teams played five times in World Cups until now, the All Blacks leading by 3 victories to 2, their first victory being registered in the final of the first edition, in 1987. Although it is not considered the favorite, France can use the psychological edge it has over its powerful opponent. The two victories France obtained against New Zealand in 2011 came in important moments, the last of them leading to the fastest elimination that New Zealand experienced at a World Cup. In 2007, France defeated the All Blacks in the quarterfinals, that being the first time when the famous rugby team did not play in one of the competition’s finals.