'Stuff the Poms!' - All Blacks captain rallies New Zealand ahead of #CWC19Final

'Stuff the Poms!' - All Blacks captain rallies New Zealand ahead of #CWC19Final

Jokes aside, the Black Caps coach said the team really appreciated the support the team had got from fans back in New Zealand.

New Zealand star Matt Henry came over from New Zealand at the age of 18 on a one-year scholarship at the sixth form of the school in Belstead Road.

England and New Zealand will clash at Lord's on Sunday in a quest to win their first ever World Cup title.

Then came a dream Test debut, against England at Lord's in 2015, when he finished with six wickets in a memorable opening match.

But could it finally be England's year? "I think it's important to recognise the work that has been done and the foundations that have been laid".

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"But at the same time there's a real commitment to that which is a really positive thing and it's held us in good stead to this point, so the focus for us is about the cricket that we want to play and we want to be proud of the performance that we put on the board".

"I accidentally played one of my announcements out over the Tannoy, which was a bit embarrassing - but I think I got away with it!" he said. "We were in a different part of the world on a different surface against a different opposition, and both sides are very different from four years ago, so it's kind of hard to compare those times". Coming into this tournament from the start, they were favourites and they've been playing really good cricket.

As fans streamed into Lord's on Sunday for the 2019 Cricket World Cup final between England and New Zealand, there were plenty left standing in the streets of St John's Wood trying to find a way in. "Wish you all the best on behalf of the All Blacks".

"It is a challenge", he said.

"I guess anything's possible (smiling). It is a new challenge for each occasion, where we will need to make those adjustments quickly".

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