Robbie Deans wishes All Blacks well

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 05:00 22/10/2011

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Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has wished the All Blacks all the best for the World Cup final and thanked New Zealand for hosting an "outstanding" tournament.

A sincerely gracious Deans was full of praise for New Zealand as his Australian side claimed the bronze medal with a hard-fought 21-18 win over Wales at Eden Park last night.

That leaves just the final on Sunday with New Zealand playing France and Deans, the former All Black, made no secret of where his support would lie although he might have to work hard to get a view of the game on TV back in Sydney. The Wallabies fly home today.

"It will be interesting when I get home. I'll probably spend the night with my family. Whether they want to watch any more rugby or not will be interesting," he joked.

"But honestly I wish New Zealand really well. They have worked hard for the opportunity they have got. We all know how long it's been and I will be pleased for them.

"I have worked with a lot of the players in the past obviously. I know what it would mean to them and how hard they have had to work to get that. So I wish them well."

Deans then said New Zealand could take great pride in the way the country had handled the hosting of the World Cup, the second tournament to be held here in 24 years.

"I'd like to thank the whole nation for the whole World Cup experience. I think it has been outstanding," he said.

"Also the supporters that made the effort to come down here ... it's been like a festival atmosphere in the stands.

"I think the nation can be very proud of the event they have put on. I understand the numbers have stacked up really well and the government will be excited about that and excited about the potential for a win with an election in a month."

He was also chuffed to see the Wallabies finally break their Eden Park hoodoo, albeit against a northern hemisphere team rather than the All Blacks.

"Maybe it was having the home dressing room," he smiled.

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