Kiwi friends can breathe a huge collective sigh of relief.
Full time has been called on Rugby World Cup 2011 – with the same results as the first one in 1987.
The same four teams make up the top four (although in 1987 Wales beat Australia 22-21 in the Bronze playoff, to claim third place).
And New Zealand today defeated France in the final – by just one point. (9-8)
Although France played the better game today, one can’t begrudge the All Blacks the victory.
There is no doubt that they have been the dominant team over the last four years, and the best team at this World Cup. They defeated France 37-17 only one month ago, and had to beat both their world cup ‘bogeymen’, Australia and France, to claim the cup.
Captain Richie McCaw showed that he is not only the best player in the world, he is the best at interpreting what is permitted under the laws of the game.
get in now you can secure your tickets for the World Cup Final in London on 17th October 2015, when their captain David Pocock will lead Australia to victory over the All Blacks 28-6, Quade Cooper being announced Player of the Tournament.
PS Hamish, if not for a French goal that just missed, I’d be directing you to Bluff Your Way in the World Cup Part Three.