Rugby World Cup

2015 Final

2015 Final

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Review

England scuppered early, northern hemisphere sides toppling like tackle pads in the quarter-finals, referees scarpering for the exit: at so many turns this Rugby World Cup could have been a disaster, and yet this afternoon’s final is sure to be a Twickenham triumph. How?

Japan started it, chucking the ball around and throwing out the established order in the process. Argentina went on a similar scything run in the knockout rounds, and when you add arguably the best New Zealand team ever assembled, it’s almost enough to make you forget the dejection of seeing the home nations drop out. Almost.

But what’s really better: a kid following England trundle through to the final with stodgy ease, or watching Julian Savea and Richie McCaw open-mouthed, wondering what it would take to play like that? Who would you rather they tried to be the next time they laced up their boots?

Summary

New Zealand v Australia (Kick-off 4.00pm). Coverage of the final at Twickenham, as New Zealand aim to retain the title they won on home soil four years ago. The All Blacks were among the pre-tournament favourites to prevail once again and reached the last four with ease, though they were made to work hard for a 20-18 semi-final victory over South Africa. The Aussies topped a difficult group containing England and Wales, before controversially edging out Scotland in the quarter-finals and securing their place in this match with a win against Argentina. Presented by John Inverdale, with analysis from Jonny Wilkinson, Michael Lynagh, Sean Fitzpatrick, Francois Pienaar, Clive Woodward and Brian O'Driscoll, and commentary by Nick Mullins, Ben Kay and Lawrence Dallaglio.
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