History repeats itself with a vengeance. During the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987, New Zealand and France played the finals at the Eden Park in Auckland. After 24 years, the teams are back at the same venue to play out the Rugby World Cup 2011 on Sunday.
For New Zealand, it is the opportunity to end nearly a quarter-century of near-misses and unexpected slipups and join Australia and South Africa as two-time winners of the Webb Ellis Cup.
For France, it is the chance to finally get their hands on a trophy they have twice seen slip through their grasp with defeats in the finals of 1987 and 1999.
Following last Sunday's semifinal win, following the 20-6 defeat of Australia, the New Zealand All Blacks coach Graham Henry has named an unchanged side for the World Cup final match. However, France coach Marc Lievremont is adamant his side is more than capable of causing an upset in Sunday's final.