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Prime Minister John Key reckons the All Blacks can take out the rugby World Cup despite a Bledisloe Cup defeat that prompted him to use some colourful language.
Mr Key today said the All Blacks' loss to the Wallabies on Saturday was "a really stark reminder" of how hard it would be to win the tournament.
"You've got a lot of teams that are at very high standard, but I still think the All Blacks will come through and win it. I think they're a great side," he told Newstalk ZB.
"It probably didn't do them any harm having a loss on Saturday night, it showed them kind of where some vulnerabilities are and how to close them down."
Mr Key said the game had prompted him to use some colourful language.
"I must admit I was using some words which are probably slightly inappropriate when I was watching it on Saturday night," he told TVNZ's Breakfast programme.