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15.September.2007

New Zealand v Portugal

Lyon

11:00 PM

108-13

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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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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All Blacks looking to tighten things up.

Like any good pizza topping, lock Chris Jack will enjoy it if the pool C fixture at Lyon is packed with variety and easy on the eye.
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Ali on fire

Asked if he would like to start all seven games at the World Cup, if New Zealand were to make it to the final, the eyes of the athletic lock light up.
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Portugese rugby's special moment

If the International Rugby Board is ever going to see a return for its policy of taking rugby to the world, then Portugal represents a potential ripe harvest.
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Preview: New Zealand v Portugal

Portugal has taken the right attitude into Saturday's World Cup game with the All Blacks, it is the experience of a lifetime, but that is unlikely to see the intensity of the New Zealand performance diminish.
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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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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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