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Look no further than the groin curse which has hit the world champions over the past six weeks.
It's been revealed Weepu injured his groin in warm-ups before Sunday's final, but decided to play anyway.
"I wasn't ready to come off. I had a tweak of my groin before the game started and I guess the coaches were only looking out for what was best for the team. If that means taking someone off because they're not 100 per cent, you're doing it for the team's cause and obviously it worked out."
"I had doubts in my mind that if I did kick the ball I'd definitely be pulling it and wouldn't be able to run around for the amount of time that I did."
He told Fairfax the last half hour of the game was tough to watch from the bench.
"Especially when they [France] had that penalty shot at goal. Fingers crossed the whole time. Then the last four minutes of the game some of us were on our knees on the sideline, holding hands, just praying to the good Lord above that he answers our prayers and obviously he did that."
He said extra media attention after his performance against Argentina, when his goalkicking carried the All Blacks to victory in their quarter final after both Carter and Slade had gone down, also started to affect his performance.
- "It can get quite daunting. You've just got to manage to cope with that and put all that energy into a good cause. I tried to do that [in the final], but obviously I didn't play the best game of my career, but I'm still happy we could come away with the win."
Acknowledgements: NZ Herald