- New Zealand win 2015 Rugby World Cup
- All Blacks beat Australia to make rugby history
Thunderous vibrations echoed around the home of English Rugby as the Red Arrows flew over Twickenham moments before the 2015 Rugby World Cup final kicked off. Golden sunshine graced the hallowed turf as the two best teams on the planet went to battle. It was the All Blacks, arguably the greatest team ever, who made history by winning the competition.
New Zealand 34 - 17 Australia
The All Blacks beat Australia in one of the most exciting finals in Rugby World Cup history to become the first team to win the Webb Ellis Cup three times and the first to retain the title – a phenomenal achievement for the tournament’s worthy favourites.
Glorious sunlight glistened over the boots of Dan Carter as he built an early lead to reward his team's intense pressure. The departure of Matt Giteau, due to a head injury, gave Kurtly Beale an opportunity to spark Australia into life.
But one minute before half time New Zealand wing Nehe Millner-Skudder strolled over untouched for the first try of the match, following sublime build up play by the Kiwis.
Things got worse for Australia when replacement Sonny-Bill Williams produced one of his famous offloads to release Ma’a Nonu, who ran in from 30 meters to score the second try of the match. At 21-3 the Wallabies needed a minor miracle and it came in the form of a yellow card to full back Ben Smith for a dangerous tackle.
David Pocock seized the opportunity by converting a well-executed lineout to score their first try and rekindle hope.
A wave of momentum continued to flow for the Wallabies when Will Genia chipped into space allowing centre Tevita Kuridrani to charge over the line and narrow the gap to four points.
But with ten minutes to go, Carter stepped up to slot the perfect drop goal from 40 meters out and extend the lead to seven points.
In the dying moments, replacement Beauden Barrett capitalised on Ben Smith’s kick down field, using his blistering pace to run under the posts and secure their first World Cup on foreign soil.
A victory Haka marked a fitting end to a sensational tournament and for the long All Blacks careers of Dan Carter, Kevin Mealamu, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith and possibly Richie McCaw.