20 Oct 2011

All Blacks overwhelmed by home support

10:07 am on 20 October 2011

The All Blacks say they have been swept up with the support New Zealand is showing to them and the Rugby World Cup tournament.

Flags and banners have been flying from cars or draped from houses for the last two months and they have been hard to miss.

Radio New Zealand's rugby reporter says it's one of those national pride things that Kiwis don't often outwardly show and there is little doubt the home team will have close to all the support when they meet France in the final on Sunday night.

Lock Ali Williams says a sense of national pride is enveloping the tournament, something not normally associated with New Zealand.

He says he's never experienced something like this in his life and the continuous noise that the All Blacks have played in ''certainly helps''.

He says it's shown the world New Zealand and New Zealanders' best side.

Loose forward Kieran Read says it's been amazing to watch the support grow during the tournament.