THE ALL BLACKS BEAT WALLABIES TO RETAIN RUGBY WORLD CUP

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LONDON, 1 NOVEMBER 2015 – The New Zealanders All Blacks beat Australian Wallabies 31-17. The score was delivered by Ma’a Nonu, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Beauden Barrett via 3 tries, Daniel Carter via 2 conversions, 4 penalties and 1 drop goal.

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New Zealand became the first team to retain the World Cup after they held off a fierce Australian comeback to win a thrilling final at Twickenham.

Wonderful tries by Nehe Milner-Skudder and Ma’a Nonu gave the All Blacks a 21-3 lead before David Pocock and Tevita Kuridrani cut the gap to four points.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Nehe Milner-Skudder of New Zealand dives over the line to score the first try of the match during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Nehe Milner-Skudder of New Zealand dives over the line to score the first try of the match during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.

But Dan Carter landed a nerveless long-distance drop-goal and penalty.

And when Beauden Barrett scored from Ben Smith’s clearing kick, New Zealand were the first three-time champions.

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Match Statistics by The Guardian

New Zealand players celebrate victory at the final whistle. – MNA

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Photo : Captain Stephen Moore of Australia walks after receiving his runners-up medal.