One of the keys to the All Blacks' last two World Cup victories was their vastly improved ability to cope with the pressure of playing in the nerve-shredding atmosphere of knockout matches. For the first time since 1987 (illness-stricken team of 1995 apart), their mental fitness matched their physical fitness.

Another, which coaches Steve Hansen and Ian Foster have both made a point of talking about at length before their recent arrival in Japan is the need to prepare for the unexpected and to a large extent that's what got them home in the last two finals against France and

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