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For just the second time in New Zealand football history, the national team - the All Whites will be at the World Cup when it kicks off in South Africa on June 12th.

Why has it taken almost 30 years for the All Whites to make an encore, at arguably the world's biggest sporting event?

And what does the future hold for the Beautiful Game in New Zealand.

Sports reporter, Stephen Hewson investigates.

A group of children playing football

Photo: Will the All Whites' participation in the World Cup help improve the game at grass roots level?