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Last Updated: Monday, 15 October 2007, 13:44 GMT 14:44 UK
Kiwis are best in world - Laporte
Bernard Laporte
Coach Laporte will quit rugby after the tournament
France coach Bernard Laporte says New Zealand are the best rugby union team in the world, despite his side beating them in the World Cup quarter-finals.

France in turn lost to England in the semis, but Laporte said the All Blacks played the tournament's best rugby.

"This World Cup has been crazy. Who has played any rugby? The only ones are the All Blacks," he said.

"They have the power and the genius, something that no-one else has. They are the best team in the world."

The All Blacks are the only team who can put 30 points on everybody else

Bernard Laporte

New Zealand were hot favourites to win the tournament but lost 20-18 to France at the first knock-out stage despite dominating the first half.

After they returned home, New Zealand coach Graham Henry said their failure would "scar them for life" but also said "we are the number one rugby side in the world and have been for a long time and still are.

"It's just that we haven't got that little yellow cup."

And Laporte, who will step down as France coach after the tournament, echoed Henry's sentiments when looking back at France's quarter-final win.

"We beat them, but if we had played them the next day and the following days, there was a great chance we would have lost," he said.

"The All Blacks are the only team who can put 30 points on everybody else."

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