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New Zealand 40 Wales 17
It may be unwanted, not least by the protagonists themselves, and it may be sniffed at, but if nothing else it was good to see so many illustrious names in the game sign off with smiles on their faces.
There’s no friendlier game than the third-fourth place play-off and this was the friendliest of World Cups.
One of the abiding sights amid the post-match scenes on pitch, as Wales bowed to all four sides, the All Blacks received their medals and both teams went around the pitch, was the sight of Reiko Ioane exchanging his boots for a Welsh jersey with a Welsh supporter who was down to his shorts.
There was another lovely moment when Ian Foster paid a very sincere and genuine tribute to Steve Hansen in the All Blacks’ post-match press conference, one which clearly moved the latter. Their warmth is palpable. Hansen thanked him , Foster patted him on the back and Hansen patted him on the knee.
Looking toward their night ahead, Hansen said they would have a good chat, a good laugh, “and probably get drunk”.
“Stop there Steve,” joked Kieran Read, who was also alongside them.
“These things don’t happen that often these days,” reasoned Hansen to laughs all round, before adding: “Or not as much as I would like anyway.”
Hansen had begun his press conference by paying tribute to his team.
“Firstly, I’d just like to say how proud I am of our team. There was a lot of external talk about not wanting to play this game. We’ve come off an extremely disappointing result against England, where we got be
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