Rugby World Cup 2019: All Blacks' Dane Coles says he hasn't watched the final

All Blacks hooker Dane Coles admits he didn't watch the Rugby World Cup final, as the side reflected on a whirlwind tournament.

"We were having a few beers as a team," an optimistic Coles told Magic Talk's Ryan Bridge at Auckland Airport on Tuesday.

"I was hoping the 'Boks would get up - we have a really good relationship with those boys.

"It's good for their country - it will bring their country together."

While a semi-final exit was far from ideal, Coles told Magic Talk he was stoked to finish the tournament with a win.

Coles arriving back in Auckland on Tuesday.
Coles arriving back in Auckland on Tuesday. Photo credit: Getty

Coles caught a lot of attention last week. At a press conference, he couldn't hold back his tears as he reflected on how much it meant to him having his family in Japan.

"I've had a lot of messages from people," Coles said on Tuesday, adding it was a tough week following the loss to England. 

"We care a lot about the team and we didn't get the job done - I suppose having your family there was extra special."

The 32-year-old is looking forward to restoring some normality and enjoying a Kiwi summer.

"My son starts school tomorrow [Wednesday] so I'll drop him off," Coles said. "[I'll] see some mates and have a few beers and barbecues."