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France coach Marc Lievremont has revealed that he wants to have one last hangover at the Rugby World Cup.

Lievremont – who will step down from his role after the tournament – has said that his final wish as coach is to wake up on Monday morning with a hangover, fresh from beating New Zealand to become World Champions.

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Ahead of Sunday’s clash, he said: “I am relaxed, I’m focused to wake up with a hangover.”

France are of course underdogs against the hosts, but Lievremont insists that his team have what it takes to emerge victorious, citing their incredible discipline as one of their most effective assets.

He continued: “I think the French team is one of the most, if not the most, disciplined teams in the competition. One of our aims is to remain disciplined for this match.”

“Now I hand everything over to the captain and the players. It really is all down to them.”

France have receieved plenty of criticism for making the final of course, as they have been fair from at their best at times during the tournament. Much like England in 2007, they have somewhat stumbled their way to within one game of becoming World Champions.

All of the pressure will be on New Zealand though. They are the hosts, they are the favourites and they are aiming to win this tournament for the first time since 1987.

It could be an incredible day in their history, although they are fully aware that they need to remain focused if they are to defeat a resilient French side.

All Blacks coach Graham Henry said: “We think they’re a very good rugby team with some outstanding players, and it’s going to be very difficult.”

“We’re not sure who’s going to turn up. We have to prepare as if they’re the best in the world.”

Looking at the team news for this one, both teams are unchanged from their semi-final wins as these two famous rugby nations from opposite ends of the world meet to contest the 2011 Rugby World Cup final.

Joey Rooney

Tommy graduated from Sheffield University in 2009 with a Journalism degree and has worked in various professional industry posts including the football print media.

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