Saturday 23 February 2019

New Zealand All Blacks win a third Rugby World Cup title with victory over Australia

New Zealand's Richie McCaw lifts the World Cup trophy as New Zealand celebrate winning the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham
New Zealand's Richie McCaw lifts the World Cup trophy as New Zealand celebrate winning the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham
New Zealand players celebrate after beating Australia to win the Rugby World Cup final match at Twickenham
Ben Smith of New Zealand reacts during their Rugby World Cup Final against Australia at Twickenham in London, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
Dan Carter of New Zealand (L) kicks under pressure from Tevita Kuridrani of Australia during their Rugby World Cup final match at Twickenham in London, Britain October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Henry Browne
Dan Carter of New Zealand (R) and Kieran Read of New Zealand celebrate a goal during their Rugby World Cup final match against Australia at Twickenham in London, Britain, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Paul Childs
Dan Carter of New Zealand (R) tackles Israel Folau of Australia during their Rugby World Cup final match at Twickenham in London, Britain, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Australia players compete in a scrum with New Zealand players during their Rugby World Cup final match at Twickenham in London, Britain, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Dan Carter of New Zealand (R) tackles Israel Folau of Australia during their Rugby World Cup final match at Twickenham in London, Britain, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Dan Carter of New Zealand kicks a penalty during their Rugby World Cup final match against Australia at Twickenham in London, Britain October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Henry Browne
New Zealand's Dan Carter scores a drop goal during the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 31, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Final. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Tevita Kuridrani of Australia (L) celebrates after scoring a try during their Rugby World Cup final match against New Zealand at Twickenham in London, Britain October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Tevita Kuridrani of Australia (C) celebrates after scoring a try during their Rugby World Cup final match against New Zealand at Twickenham in London, Britain October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Tevita Kuridrani of Australia celebrates after scoring a try during their Rugby World Cup final match against New Zealand at Twickenham in London, Britain October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Daniel Carter of New Zealand scores a drop goal against Australia during their Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham in London, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh
Dan Carter of New Zealand (C) reacts after scoring drop-goal during their Rugby World Cup final match against Australia at Twickenham in London, Britain, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Keven Mealamu of New Zealand (L) runs with the ball during their Rugby World Cup final match against Australia at Twickenham in London, Britain, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Dean Mumm of Australia jumps for the ball during their Rugby World Cup final match against New Zealand at Twickenham in London, Britain, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Paul Childs
Tevita Kuridrani of Australia (R) runs in to score a try during their Rugby World Cup final match against New Zealand at Twickenham in London, Britain October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Fans of Australia's Wallabies Rugby team react as they watch a live telecast of the Rugby World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand's All Blacks at a pub in Sydney, November 1, 2015. REUTERS/David Gray
A fan of Australia's Wallabies Rugby team reacts during the Rugby World Cup final match against New Zealand's All Blacks during a live telecast at a pub in Sydney, November 1, 2015. REUTERS/David Gray
Australia players compete in a scrum with New Zealand players during their Rugby World Cup final match at Twickenham in London, Britain, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Australia players compete in a scrum with New Zealand players during their Rugby World Cup final match at Twickenham in London, Britain, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
David Pocock of Australia (C) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a try during their Rugby World Cup final match against New Zealand at Twickenham in London, Britain October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Australia's Tevita Kuridrani scores his sides second try of the game during the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 31, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Final. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Tevita Kuridrani of Australia (C) celebrates after scoring a try against new Zealand during their Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham in London, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh
Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall celebrate with a kiss in the stands after Australia score their second try during the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 31, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Final. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Australia's Tevita Kuridrani celebrates scoring his sides second try of the game during the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 31, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Final. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
David Pocock of Australia (centre top) scores a try during their Rugby World Cup final match against New Zealand at Twickenham in London, Britain October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall celebrate in the stands after Australia score their second try during the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 31, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Final. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
New Zealand players react after Austalia team scored a try during their Rugby World Cup final match at Twickenham in London, Britain, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Australia's Tevita Kuridrani scores his sides second try of the game during the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 31, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Final. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Referee Nigel Owens during the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 31, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Final. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info
Referee Nigel Owens during the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 31, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Final. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info
Tevita Kuridrani of Australia celebrates after scoring a try against new Zealand during their Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham in London, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
Australia's Tevita Kuridrani dives in to score a try during the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 31, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Final. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
New Zealand's Sonny Bill Williams is tackled by Australia's Will Genia and Michael Hooper during the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 31, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Final. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Australia's Tevita Kuridrani celebrates with his team mates after he dives in to score a try during the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 31, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Final. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Tevita Kuridrani of Australia (L) scores a try during their Rugby World Cup final match against New Zealand at Twickenham in London, Britain October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Tevita Kuridrani of Australia (top, C) scores a try between Sonny Bill Williams, Ma'a Nonu and Julian Savea of New Zealand (L-R) during their Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham in London, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Tevita Kuridrani of Australia scores a try during their Rugby World Cup final match against New Zealand at Twickenham in London, Britain, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Paul Childs
Stephen Moore of Australia reacts after being replaced during their Rugby World Cup Final against New Zealand at Twickenham in London, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
Tevita Kuridrani of Australia (C) scores a try during their Rugby World Cup final match against New Zealand at Twickenham in London, Britain October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Tevita Kuridrani of Australia scores a try during their Rugby World Cup final match against New Zealand at Twickenham in London, Britain October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Tevita Kuridrani of Australia scores a try during their Rugby World Cup final match against New Zealand at Twickenham in London, Britain, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Paul Childs
Tevita Kuridrani of Australia scores a try during their Rugby World Cup final match against New Zealand at Twickenham in London, Britain, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Paul Childs TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Referee Nigel Owens (left) and Assistant Referee Wayne Barnes (right) during the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 31, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Final. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Drew Mitchell of Australia runs with the ball during their Rugby World Cup final match against New Zealand at Twickenham in London, Britain, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Paul Childs
Captain Stephen Moore of Australia reacts during their Rugby World Cup final match against New Zealand at Twickenham in London, Britain October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville
David Pocock of Australia (L) is tackled by Keven Mealamu of New Zealand during their Rugby World Cup final match at Twickenham in London, Britain, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Paul Childs TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Bernard Foley of Australia (L) is tackled during their Rugby World Cup final match against New Zealand at Twickenham in London, Britain October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Samuel Whitelock of New Zealand (L) and Rob Simmons of Australia are lifted by team mates as they jump for the ball during their Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham in London, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Will Genia of Australia (C) passes the ball to Scott Fardy of Australia during their Rugby World Cup final match against New Zealand at Twickenham in London, Britain, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Scott Fardy of Australia (L) tackles Nehe Milner-Skudder of New Zealand during their Rugby World Cup final match at Twickenham in London, Britain October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Henry Browne
Australia's Bernard Foley (centre) is tackled by New Zealand's Owen Franks (right) during the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 31, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Final. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Referee Nigel Owens shows New Zealand's Ben Smith (left) a yellow card for a dangerous tackle during the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 31, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Final. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
David Pocock of Australia (C) is congratulated by teammates after scoring try during their Rugby World Cup final match against New Zealand at Twickenham in London, Britain, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Paul Childs TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Australia's David Pocock goes over to score a try during the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 31, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Final. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall in the stands during the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 31, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Final. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
New Zealand's Ma'a Nonu scores his side's second try during the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 31, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Final. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Nigel Owens (centre) referees a scrum between Australia and New Zealand during the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 31, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Final. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Referee Nigel Owens gives Ben Smith of New Zealand (R) a yellow card for a dangerous tackle during their Rugby World Cup final match against Australia at Twickenham in London, Britain October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville
New Zealand's Ma'a Nonu celebrates scoring his side's second try with teammates during the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 31, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Final. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Referee Nigel Owens (centre right) shows New Zealand's Ben Smith a yellow card during the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 31, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Final. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
New Zealand's Ma'a Nonu scores his side's second try during the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 31, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Final. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
New Zealand's Ma'a Nonu scores his side's second try during the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 31, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Final. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Bernard Foley (L) and Stephen Moore of Australia wait during a pause of play in their Rugby World Cup final match against New Zealand at Twickenham in London, Britain October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville
New Zealand players celebrate after scoring a try during their Rugby World Cup final match against Australia at Twickenham in London, Britain, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Richie McCaw of New Zealand (2ndL) passes to Joe Moody of New Zealand (R) during their Rugby World Cup final match against Australia at Twickenham in London, Britain, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Australia players react after a try by Ma'a Nonu of New Zealand during their Rugby World Cup final match at Twickenham in London, Britain October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville
David Pocock of Australia (bottom) scores a try against New Zealand during their Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham in London, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh
New Zealand players celebrate after scoring a try during their Rugby World Cup final match against Australia at Twickenham in London, Britain, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Ma'a Nonu of New Zealand celebrates with teammates after scoring a try during their Rugby World Cup final match against Australia at Twickenham in London, Britain, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall in the stands during the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 31, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Final. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall in the stands during the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 31, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Final. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Australia players react after New Zealand team scored a second try during their Rugby World Cup final match at Twickenham in London, Britain, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
New Zealand players celebrate the try by Ma'a Nonu during their Rugby World Cup final match against Australia at Twickenham in London, Britain October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Henry Browne
News Corp Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch sits with model Jerry Hall during the Rugby World Cup final between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium, London, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
New Zealand's Ma'a Nonu celebrates scoring his side's second try with teammates during the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 31, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Final. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
New Zealand's Ma'a Nonu celebrates scoring his side's second try with teammates during the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 31, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Final. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Ma'a Nonu of New Zealand (3rdR) runs to score a try during their Rugby World Cup final match against Australia at Twickenham in London, Britain, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Ma'a Nonu of New Zealand (C) runs in to score a try during their Rugby World Cup final match against Australia at Twickenham in London, Britain October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Henry Browne TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
New Zealand's Ma'a Nonu celebrates scoring his side's second try with teammates during the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 31, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Final. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Ma'a Nonu of New Zealand (R) runs to score a try during their Rugby World Cup final match against Australia at Twickenham in London, Britain, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Ma'a Nonu of New Zealand celebrates his try with team mates as Drew Mitchell of Australia (R) looks on during their Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham in London, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh
Ma'a Nonu of New Zealand runs to score a try during their Rugby World Cup final match against Australia at Twickenham in London, Britain, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Ma'a Nonu of New Zealand celebrates his try against Australia with team mates during their Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham in London, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh
New Zealand's Ma'a Nonu scores his side's second try during the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 31, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Final. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Ma'a Nonu of New Zealand is lifted by teammate Julian Savea after scoring a try during their Rugby World Cup final match against Australia at Twickenham in London, Britain October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Henry Browne
Ma'a Nonu of New Zealand (C) runs to score a try during their Rugby World Cup final match against Australia at Twickenham in London, Britain, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
New Zealand's Ma'a Nonu scores his side's second try during the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 31, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Final. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Ma'a Nonu of New Zealand (2ndL) celebrates with teammates after scoring a try during their Rugby World Cup final match against Australia at Twickenham in London, Britain, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Sonny Bill Williams of New Zealand (C) is tackled by Scott Sio (L) and Bernard Foley (R) of Australia during their Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham in London, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
New Zealand's Ma'a Nonu scores his side's second try during the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 31, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Final. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Ma'a Nonu of New Zealand (L) is tackled by Drew Mitchell of Australia as he scores a try during their Rugby World Cup final match at Twickenham in London, Britain, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
New Zealand captain Richie McCaw leads his side out for the match before the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 31, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Final. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info
New Zealand's Ma'a Nonu scores his side's second try during the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 31, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Final. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
The red arrows fly over Twickenham before the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 31, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Final. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info
Ma'a Nonu of New Zealand (R) scores a try during their Rugby World Cup final match against Australia at Twickenham in London, Britain October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Henry Browne
Ma'a Nonu of New Zealand scores a try past Drew Mitchell of Australia (L) during their Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham in London, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Ma'a Nonu of New Zealand runs to score a try during their Rugby World Cup final match against Australia at Twickenham in London, Britain, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Ruaidhri O'Connor at Twickenham

THIS IS the All Blacks’ time. Throughout the professional era, New Zealand have dominated rugby in everything but World Cups, but by becoming the first team to win back to back World Cups they have cemented their place in history while laying down a gauntlet to everyone else.

Their performance was far more impressive than their limp dismissal of France on home soil four years ago and at times it looked like they might run all over Australia who bravely battled back during an epic second-half, only to fall short.

They spent nearly the entire first-half in Wallaby territory and eventually got their reward when, after Dan Carter had established their lead through the boot, Nehe Milner-Skudder crossed in the corner and the fly-half converted to make the score 16-3 – an record first-half tally and as insurmountable as final leads get.

Just in case, Ma’a Nonu raced over for another try within minutes of the restart and, while Australia rallied and the All Blacks made some uncharacteristic errors to allow a brief hope that there might be a contest, they found their composure in time to close it out thanks to the boot of their brilliant No10.

So, Richie McCaw, Conrad Smith, Keven Mealamu, Nonu and Carter step away from the black jersey as world champions. Some go to France, Mealamu retires and McCaw will make up his mind in the coming weeks and months. Their greatness, however, will never be doubted.

“I’m really proud, we got the job done today,” Steve Hansen said. “It’s a great way for them to finish, you couldn’t script it any better. I’m sure we’ll celebrate it at some point.”

It was the final this great tournament deserved, although the first-half was largely one-way traffic.

New Zealand opened with a six minute attacking salvo that established the pattern of the first-half. Australia couldn’t get out of their own half and were already scrambling, Drew Mitchell brilliantly reading Aaron Smith’s clever chip, before stopping Milner-Skudder’s charge for the line. Eventually, David Pocock gave away what looked a harsh ruck penalty and Carter opened the scoring.

A rare foray into enemy territory allowed Bernard Foley level after Ben Franks collapsed a scrum, but that was only a brief respite and New Zealand should have restored their lead when Rob Simmons failed to roll away, but Aaron Smith tapped the penalty and Jerome Kaino held on under pressure from Michael Hooper.

Australia seemed to be on referee Nigel Owens’ bad side and lost further momentum when Sekope Kepu was harshly done for a late tackle on Dan Carter. They were also losing bodies, Kane Douglas went off with a knee injury while Matt Giteau was concussed tackling Brodie Retallick.

Yet the scoreboard remained in decent shape; Carter made it 6-3 when Kepu went high on the out-half, while Owens missed a blatant forward pass from Milner-Skudder in the seconds before Will Genia played the man offside and Carter extended the lead to six.

The pressure was beginning to tell and, eventually, the constant attacking reaped some reward for the All Blacks who produced a beautiful try with a minute left in the half as Conrad Smith executed a neat switch with Aaron who fed Milner-Skudder and he crossed unopposed.

Carter converted to bring the half to a close, but despite his side’s dominance Steve Hansen wanted more and sent on Sonny Bill Williams at half-time.

After a few handling drills before the kick-off, New Zealand tore into their task and looked determined to land a knock-out blow. The rugby league convert off-loaded with his first two touches, the second set Nonu free and he headed for home; fighting Mitchell off at the line to score.

Carter missed his conversion and that blip appeared to signal a short hiatus from New Zealand’s brilliance.

A Mitchell break was headed off by an excellent covering steal from McCaw, but a superbly dominant New Zealand scrum was turned on its head when the ball squirted out to Kurtley Beale who returned it down the touchline brilliantly. His carry ended up in a penalty at the ruck, Foley went to the corner and Australia knew this was their chance.

Foley found a gap, Adam Ashley Cooper was stopped short and Mitchell was halted close to the line. In stopping him, Ben Smith was found to have tipped the winger and was sent to the sin-bin. Foley went to the corner, Australia mauled it over and Pocock touched down.

Suddenly, the complexion changed and while the All Blacks looked to cover the back-field with just two men it eventually told when Beale chipped ahead for Foley who found the onrushing Tevita Kuridrani to go in under the posts.

Foley converted and it was a four point game as Smith returned.

Yet, McCaw and the New Zealand leaders didn’t doubt their team for a moment.

“I wouldn’t say we were anxious, knew momentum was against us but we’ve been in those situations before. It’s about getting the ball back, getting control. It shows the calibre of people we’ve got,” McCaw, who refused to confirm his retirement, said.

They wrested that momentum back, Carter landed a snap drop-goal to give his side some breathing space, before delivering a long-range penalty.

In the end, Australia’s desperation caught up with them as Mitchell knocked on in contact and Ben Smith hacked ahead. Beauden Barrett controlled the ball and picked it up to score. Carter converted and the celebrations could begin.

 

NEW ZEALAND – B Smith; N Milner-Skudder (B Barrett 65), C Smith, M Nonu, J Savea; D Carter, A Smith; J Moody (B Franks 59), D Coles  (K Mealamu 65), O Franks; B Retallick, S Whitelock; J Kaino, R McCaw (capt), K Read.

AUSTRALIA – I Folau; A Ashley-Cooper, T Kuridrani, M Giteau (K Beale 26), D Mitchell (M Toomua 65-710; B Foley, W Genia (N Phipps 71); S Sio (J Slipper 59), S Moore (capt) (T Polota-Nau 56), S Kepu (G Holmes 59); K Douglas, R Simmons (D Mumm 15); S Fardy (B McCalman 61), M Hooper, D Pocock.

Referee: N Owens (Wales)

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