So, not England for the final then - I got that one really wrong. But which of the protagonists does the neutral favour ?
Well God knows New Zealand deserves a fillip after the earthquake and it may be churlish to consider anything else. But in rugby terms ...
To my way of thinking there has always been something deeply unattractive about the Kiwis. Always boasting about their skillful running rugby, always at pains to decry the kicking game. But all that carefully practised crossing, shepherding and obstruction; and then there's the brutality. OK, it's a man's game etc etc, but from the leg-breaking antics of Colin Meads to the spear-tackle on Brian O'D, somehow the much vaunted oh-so-skillful stuff often looks more like calculating thuggery.
By contrast I give you the French and, in the words of Nelson, an Englishman should hate the French as he hates the Devil himself. But as exuberant exponents of the 15-man game, they have given a lot of pleasure over the years. They have also seen off the Kiwis on more than one critical occasion of course, though they don't look much like pulling it off this time.
So: good luck to New Zealand in the hope it will bring them good cheer. And let's hope the French make them earn it: it will be all the sweeter for that.