18 Oct 2011

A childhood dream coming true for Cruden

3:16 pm on 18 October 2011

The All Black first five Aaron Cruden says he's honoured to be representing his country in a Rugby World Cup final, something he's thought about for the majority of his 22 years.

Cruden will guide the All Blacks around the field in Sunday night's final against France, hoping to end the country's 24 year drought without a title.

He was watching the tournament at home just over a fortnight ago, wondering if the dream would ever be realised.

But today he knows it's now in front of him and the childhood dream is about to be a reality.

He says evey kids probably dreams about scoring the winning try or kicking the winning goal in a big match and he's excited about having that chance this week.