Tuesday 20 February 2018

Australia lose - but Rupert Murdoch chooses final to show the world his new love, Jerry Hall

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
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
Jane Last

Jane Last

Australia may have lost but media mogul Rupert Murdoch is grinning like the cat who got the cream.

Rupert and his rumoured new love, Jerry Hall, chose the Rugby World Cup final in Twickenham as their first public outing together.

It was reported last weekend that the pair had been in a relationship for several months, opting to keep it a closely guarded secret.

Now they look happy for the world to witness their somewhat unlikely romance.

Murdoch (84) appeared to confirm their relationship status, as he was pictured kissing a grinning Jerry (59) during the match.

Before kick-off, the couple happily posed for a photograph together as they walked towards Twickenham, both wearing Australian scarves.

It's Murdoch's first serious relationship since the collapse of his marriage to businesswoman Wendi Deng (46) in 2013.

Texan supermodel Jerry was in a relationship with Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger for 22 years and they have four children together, including model Georgia May Jagger.

Hall ended the relationship in 1999 after discovering Jagger had fathered his youngest son Lucas with a Brazilian model.

Love was also in the air for Murdoch's fellow Antipodean Kylie Minogue, who was also yesterday's final.

The 47-year-old singer was pictured beside her rumoured love interest, British actor Joshua Sasse (27).

Prior to kick-off, the pair were posting images of themselves cheering on Australia on their Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Virgin businessman Richard Branson was cheering on the Kiwis. The mogul was spotted wearing an All-Blacks jersey as he headed into the game.

Also at the match were princes William and Harry, along with their grandfather Prince Philip.

New Zealand made sporting history at Twickenham ,as they became the first team to be crowned Rugby World Cup winners for a second successive time.

Tries in each half by wing Nehe Milner-Skudder and centre Ma'a Nonu, followed by a late Beauden Barrett breakaway score, plus 19 points from All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter - including an important late drop-goal - in his 112th and final Test before joining French club Racing 92, saw New Zealand home 34-17.

It extended their record World Cup winning run to 14 Tests, and means the Webb Ellis Cup will remain New Zealand's property as they claimed a third world crown since the competition began 28 years ago. However, they were briefly given a second-half scare, as Australia threatened a remarkable fightback from 18 points adrift after 42 minutes, as number eight David Pocock and centre Tevita Kuridrani scored tries, with fly-half Bernard Foley converting both touchdowns that followed an earlier penalty.

It proved to be a pulsating final - brilliantly refereed by Welshman Nigel Owens - but New Zealand had just enough in the tank to guarantee a winning farewell to Test rugby.

Sunday Independent

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