2011 Rugby World Cup final match facts: France v New Zealand
Our friends at Opta collate some of the most interesting facts and figures ahead of the 2011 Rugby World Cup final: France v New Zealand:
This will be the sixth time these sides have met in a World Cup match, making it the most common fixture in the history of the competition.
New Zealand’s biggest win against France came in the build-up to the 2007 RWC, as the All Blacks recorded a 61-10 victory.
No side has ever won the Rugby World Cup having lost a game in the same tournament, let alone two games like France have.
In all six of the previous World Cup finals the side winning at half-time has gone on to lift the Webb Ellis Cup.
Jerome Kaino and Vincent Clerc are two of just four players to have played every minute of the 2011 Rugby World Cup so far.
New Zealand have had the most successful lineout unit at this World Cup, winning 92% of their own throws so far, France have had the third best (89%).
The Kiwis can also boast the second most successful scrummaging unit at the RWC, having won an impressive 98% of ball on their own feed (France 95%).
Dimitri Yachvili and Piri Weepu have both successfully kicked 15 attempts at goal so far, however Weepu narrowly holds the edge for success rate, 75% v 71%.
Ma’a Nonu (15) and Richard Kahui (10) have made more clean breaks than any other players at this RWC.
Lionel Nallet and Ali Williams have both claimed four lineout steals at this tournament, only the USA’s John Van Der Giessen (5) has stolen more.
Dimitir Yachvili (357) requires 10 more points to equal Thierry Lacroix (367) as France’s second joint highest points scorer.
Piri Weepu has made more substitute appearances for New Zealand (34) than any other player in their history.
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