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15.September.2007

New Zealand v Portugal

Lyon

11:00 PM

108-13

Rokocoko up for challenge

Joe Rokocoko is showing no frustration at not having been named in the first All Blacks team to compete in this year's World Cup against Italy.
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No taking it easy - Somerville

With the rugby world waiting to see how 'sensitive' the All Blacks will be towards World Cup minnows Portugal prop Greg Somerville summed the situation up from his point of view.
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Muliaina thriving in French atmosphere

Ace All Blacks fullback Mils Muliaina is back in No.15 for the weekend's World Cup game with Portugal and looking forward to another game in the great atmosphere that has enveloped this year's event.
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Evans moves from shadows to spotlight

Nick Evans has one of the less envious roles in world rugby, playing understudy to Dan Carter, the man regarded as one of the finest players on the planet, but that hasn't diminished his enthusiasm to take his chances when they come.
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Collins keen to ensure game plan achieved

All Blacks captain for Saturday's World Cup game against Portugal in Lyon, Jerry Collins is not in a mood to be easing up on his normally tough, physical approach.
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Portugal or whoever, Smith happy to play

Conrad Smith, who finally gets his World Cup starting position this weekend against Portugal with the All Blacks, would be fully entitled to wrap himself in cotton wool in the lead-up to the game in Lyon.
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Portugal deserves its chance - Henry

Portugal's impact on the World Cup has been noted by All Blacks coach Graham Henry who said he was delighted with the side's enthusiasm and the support it generates among its supporters.
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Portugese spirit, All Black class

Just how much benefit their 108-13 hiding of Portugal was to the All Blacks was marginal but there was little doubt that captain and flanker Jerry Collins' stature on the world stage continues to grow.
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Rokocoko puts his hand up

Flying wing Joe Rokocoko lifted his Test try tally to 40 when picking up the All Blacks first two tries in its 16-try 108-13 World Cup extravaganza against Portugal in Lyon.
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Injuries give MacDonald a great start

Other players' injuries have been Leon MacDonald's gain so far in the World Cup campaign and it is not something MacDonald is complaining about.
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