Got it by this much

By Paul Thomas In Sport

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We know that nothing worth having comes easy, but did it have to be quite that hard? Of course it did. It’s the Rugby World Cup. Back in 1987, the All Blacks might have won the thing by the length of the straight, but that was before the rugby gods cottoned on to the fact that an instrument of exquisite torment had fallen into their laps. Thus every four years New Zealand, the pre-eminent rugby nation, must go through hell. We settled down to watch the final hoping the French would be brave but outclassed, looking forward to a walk in the park: no fuss, no drama, no finger-nail-gnawing ...

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