After 24 years, the All Blacks are the Rugby World Cup Champions, beating France 8 – 7!
Now, before you think it was a walk in the park for the tournament hosts, it was a different France side that New Zealand faced in the final. This was a France that upped its level of intensity and threw everything they got to the All Blacks. I’d say they were the better side in this match, dominating in possession for the most part—even momentum swung to France for most of the second half—until that final few minutes when we all knew New Zealand had it in the bag.
The better team in the final may not have won, but it was the right and the best team throughout the tournament that deserved the Webb Ellis Cup. Congratulations, All Blacks!
(And yes, Daniel Carter was so dapper in a suit.)