Ali Williams looks ahead to the New Zealand v France rugby match this weekend

Former All Black lock Ali Williams is no stranger to high profile Test matches, including a Rugby World Cup Final in 2011, when he was part of the team that won the title on home soil.

Williams will also remember New Zealand’s quarter final exit from Rugby World Cup 2007 at the hands of France, at the Millennium Stadium. The current New Zealand team will be playing to ensure history does not repeat itself and Williams is sure that won’t be the case.

Before speaking about what New Zealand can expect this weekend against France and his thoughts on the match and Rugby World Cup 2015, Williams took the opportunity to meet hundreds of youngsters, inspired by the tournament and showing that grassroots rugby is in fine health.

Over 600 young rugby players took to Old Deer Park in Richmond to attempt to break the World Record for the World’s largest Tag Rugby game.

Commenting on grassroots rugby, Williams noted: “grassroots rugby is where it begins for every rugby player and to see so many youngsters playing the sport shows what a great job is being done to inspire the next generation of players”.

Regarding New Zealand’s decisive clash against France, Williams commented: “Form in the pool stages becomes irrelevant now, this is knock out rugby. There has been a lot of hype about the chance of history repeating itself but that definitely won’t be the case.”

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