Belfast Telegraph

Editor's Viewpoint: A World Cup bore

New Zealand's narrow victory against a rejuvenated France in the World Cup final has ended the tournament in an atmosphere of welcome tension and uncertainty, compared to some of the boring fare in the earlier stages.

There were some highlights, including Ireland's early showing, and also a good run by a talented young Welsh team. England were awful on and off the pitch, and until the final even France were disappointing.

New Zealand deserved to win, but the biggest loser was rugby itself with so many boring games. It is time that the rules were changed, with more incentive for free-flowing rugby and less control by officials who far too often slow up the play.

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