Jordan admits World Cup final has haunted Kiwis for a long time


It is now more than 70 days since the Springboks beat the All Blacks in the final of the Rugby World Cup tournament in France.

South Africa beat its rugby arch-enemy 12–11 at the Stade de France to lift the Webb Ellis trophy for the fourth time.

It may sound like something out of a soap opera, but according to the All Blacks’ Will Jordan, the New Zealanders needed some time to process the defeat.

“There was definitely a spot where one thought a little too much about it. It took a while to get over the game,” said the flashy winger.

Jordan was undoubtedly one of the stars of the World Cup. He set the French rugby fields on fire and scored eight tries in the tournament.

It is an achievement that puts him level with Bryan Habana (2007), Jonah Lomu (1999) and Julian Savea (2015) for most tries in the international rugby spectacle.

But the Bok defense kept him away from their goal line and the lightning-quick Jordan could not display his three-point prowess in the final.

However, he believes that the Kiwis have now finished brooding over everything. According to the 25-year-old player, it was a privilege to run in France.

“It was an incredible experience to play there and I really enjoyed the whole tournament. I am now rested and looking forward to the new rugby year.”

He is also excited to work with the new coach, Scott “Razor” Robertson.

Robertson has collected a number of trophies with the Crusaders and he will be at the helm of the All Blacks’ rugby affairs until the next World Cup tournament in 2027.

“Razor knows exactly who he is. He is not someone who is going to change simply because he is in a new environment. Yes, international rugby is a brand new challenge, but he knows how he wants to approach things and how to inspire his players.”