Rugby World Cup: Exuberant All Blacks fans struggle to suppress dreams of another Webb Ellis Trophy triumph

Following that blockbuster World Cup win over Ireland and with Argentina currently ranked seventh in the world, the confidence of All Blacks supporters in Paris is sky high.

Coach Ian Foster has made it abundantly clear neither he nor his team are counting on their place in the final, until they deal to the Pumas in the semi.

Meanwhile, a boatload of Kiwis on the Seine are either the world’s biggest All Blacks fans - or the biggest floating jinx. Fair to say, few of them are following Fozzy's advice.

All Blacks fans prematurely celebrate their team's World Cup triumph, but Fozzy is not amused.
All Blacks fans prematurely celebrate their team's World Cup triumph, but Fozzy is not amused. Photo credit: Newshub

"Two teams in a semi-final, anyone can win, so that’s the mindset that both teams have got to have," he said. 

Foster isn’t the only World Cup veteran around these parts and the grandstand experts think the team is looking "absolutely brilliant, mate".

After delivering a spellbinding win over the top-ranked Irish, the players are strictly focussed on the next job at hand.

"We didn’t come here to beat Ireland in the quarter-finals," stressed midfielder Anton Lienert-Brown. "We came here to win a World Cup."

Which is exactly what these fans are already toasting.

"We’re going to play the 'Boks in the final and we're going to beat them!"

These fans are the loyal ones - the type that do Dave Dobbyn proud - booking tickets for these World Cup finals years in advance and banking all along on the All Blacks being there too.

History warns us the Cup doesn’t always follow the will of the Kiwi crowd. The All Blacks gameday squad contain 11 of the players knocked out by England in the 2019 semi finals in Japan.

The players aren't the only ones who remember the World Cup wounds of old, but these Kiwis aren't worried about bad luck charms or tempting fate with faith, such is their belief in the men in black.

"Goosebumps, goosebumps... I feel proud to be a Kiwi."

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