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France hooker Dimitri Szarzewski frustrated by loss

Deflated France hooker Dimitri Szarzewski claimed his side were "playing 15 against 16" in their Rugby World Cup final defeat against New Zealand due to the passionate home support in Auckland.

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<b>Euan Murray (Scotland)</b><br/>
For two years Murray (left) has refused to play on Sundays out of respect for the Christian sabbath, meaning he missed two games at this World Cup - against the obdurate Romanians and the gnarled Argentinians. The Scots lost out to the Argies by just a point and failed to qualify for the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time ever. While Murray's beliefs are to be respected (seriously - he's likely to get some serious ribbing in the changing room) the Scots may reflect on how things may have been different had their powerful front-row been present.

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A is for All Black Nation Buy some chewing gum at a corner shop in Rotorua and the 12-year-old assistant will say: "Fifty cents, and by the way... your back row's rubbish." Yes, it's that kind of place. B is for Breakdown The referees are bound to get their knickers in a twist at the tackle area, which remains hopelessly confusing even for the players. The first official to penalise Richie McCaw, the ball-snaffling bandit from New Zealand, wins a George Cross.

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