PUMA Football News Archive
New Zealand 8 France 7
After their comfortable 20 point victory against the French in Pool A a month ago, one could be forgiven for believing the “Blackwash” banners around Eden Park would become a reality this evening. But, in a World Cup Final the form book means little and the French made their intentions very clear even before the first whistle was blown.
The Frenchmen walked on the Haka defiantly to let them know they were in for a game...and they really were!
Six weeks of world class rugby have led us to the grand finale in Auckland on Sunday evening. Throughout the tournament we have witnessed so much: 2nd and 3rd tier nations closing the gap on the top 8, several upsets, several war dances, a lot of wind, a lot of rain, a lot of noise, a lot of “going out”, great crowds, complaints about the ball, much controversy, intense physicality, a few injuries and some wonderful rugby!
PUMA’s Maxime Mermoz has been a permanent fixture in France’s World Cup campaign and will play in the biggest game of his career to date in Auckland on Sunday in the World Cup Final!
Rugby is a game of passion and this simple fact was never more apparent than in the weekend’s semi-final clashes. Four million New Zealanders expected to beat their near-neighbours and pull of the sweetest of all victories. 60,000 Welsh fans packed out the Millenium stadium 11,000 miles away in the hope of seeing their side reach their first ever final and one referee came under the spotlight for making one of the most controversial decisions in the history of the tournament. The stage was set!
It’s crunch time! Almost a month on from the pageantry of the opening ceremony and the World Cup kicks into top gear with the knockout stages of the tournament. The gloves are off and the top 8 in world rugby will do battle for the ultimate prize.
We survey each nation’s prospects and give you the lowdown on the PUMA players to watch in the quarter-finals...
With the World Cup Pool stages reaching their climax, we witnessed another weekend of wet weather and weary bodies as the first nation confirmed their place in the quarter finals and several faced the heartbreak of failure.
Here is our summary of the standout fixtures...
With the World Cup getting closer all the time, the August internationals offered players the last chance to impress before their coaches decide who will be making the flight to New Zealand.
Here’s our exclusive round-up of the top clashes featuring a host of PUMA’s biggest rugby stars!
Here's to les athlètes de la nuit!