As it happened: How the All Blacks beat the Wallabies to win Rugby World Cup 2015




New Zealand have resisted a stirring second-half fightback from Australia to win the Rugby World Cup final 34-17 at Twickenham.

The All Blacks opened up 21-3 lead shortly after the break before the Wallabies briefly closed to within four points with converted tries to David Pocock and Tevita Kuridrani.

But the All Blacks held their nerve, with a late runaway try to Beauden Barrett blowing out the scoreline as New Zealand became the first team to win the Webb Ellis Cup three times.


79mins - NZL 34-17 AUS

TRY! Beauden Barrett seals the deal. A chip up from Ben Smith and Barrett wins the race to the line. 

77mins - NZL 27-17 AUS

Wallabies now run the ball into the All Blacks' 22. But there's a knock on. Turnover. 

75mins - NZL 27-17 AUS

THREE! Dan Carter kicks it with ease. A 10-point buffer now. 

72mins - NZL 24-17 AUS

The All Blacks win a huge scrum penalty bang on halfway and Dan Carter is lining up the posts. 

70mins - NZL 24-17 AUS

THREE! Carter drop goal!

68mins - NZL 21-17 AUS

Dan Carter is screaming at his players, urging them to lift. The All Blacks now into Australia's 22 after a great lineout steal. 

66mins - NZL 21-17 AUS

And now the All Blacks let the Wallabies off the hook in their own half, with a silly penalty at the breakdown. 

64mins - NZL 21-17 AUS

TRY! Wallabies in again after Genia's chip over the top finds Kuridrani. 

60mins - NZL 21-10 AUS

Ashley-Cooper give the All Blacks a penalty that Carter sends into touch just inside the Wallabies' 22. 

57mins - NZL 21-10 AUS

Wallabies have their tails up and push the All Blacks back on their heels. But the All Blacks hit them hard at the breakdown, winning the turnover inside their own 22. 

52mins - NZL 21-10 AUS

TRY! YELLOW! Ben Smith binned for the tackle on Mitchell. Australia set their maul on the All Blacks line and Pocock is over.

51mins - NZL 21-3 AUS

Wallabies now with some possession in good territory. The Wallabies come up short but Ben Smith is in trouble for lifting Drew Mitchell. 

47mins - NZL 21-3 AUS

Drew Mitchell broke down the left flank and looked to pass. But Richie McCaw was on hand to pull off a huge tackle before stealing an even bigger turnover. 

43mins - NZL 21-3 AUS

TRY! Ma'a Nonu scores the try with a brilliant step that left the defender laying on the ground. SBW with the bust and the offload. 

41mins - NZL 16-3 AUS

Halftime change for the All Blacks. Conrad Smith off. SBW on. 


38mins - NZL 16-3 AUS

TRY! A great NMS cutout pass find Coles on the wing. The All Blacks use the break to move into the AUS 22 and the winger finishes in the right corner. 

36mins - NZL 9-3 AUS

THREE! Genia offside, and Carter slots penalty No 3. 

33mins - NZL 6-3 AUS

A huge tackle by Nonu just as Beale looked like cutting loose. That dragged him and the ball into touch. 

31mins - NZL 6-3 AUS

Kieran Read pinged for killing the ball. He better be careful. It's just out of Foley's range so Australia set the lineout 30m from the All Blacks line. 

29mins - NZL 6-3 AUS

Kurtley Beale's kick has too much on it, allowing Ben Smith to ground the ball for a 22 dropout. This game still very much in a knife's edge.

27mins - NZL 6-3 AUS

THREE! Another ilegal tackle by Kepu allows Carter to slot his second penalty of the game. 

24mins - NZL 3-3 AUS

Another NZ attacking raid is brought to a halt. This time it's Fardy over the ball. A few moments later, Australia set their lineout but get pinged for pushing in the line. 

22mins - NZL 3-3 AUS

The penalty goes NZ's way from the late shot. Again they set a lineout 5m out and again they are turned over. Poor execution. 

21mins - NZL 3-3 AUS

Dan Carter is down. A huge late shot from Sekope Kepu has done the damage. He looks OK to carry on but replays are needed to determine whether further action is required. 

19mins - NZL 3-3 AUS

Big moment. All Blacks earn consecutive penalties and opt to tap. But just as they got to within five of the Aussie line, Dean Mumm wins a huge turnover penalty. Wallabies look to clear. 

17mins - NZL 3-3 AUS

After a very intense armwrestle, the All Blacks win another important battle. Australia pinged at the breakdown 40m out from their line and the All Blacks kick to the corner. 

15mins - NZL 3-3 AUS

Kane Douglas has landed awkwardly. Very awkwardly. And doesn't look like he'll be playing anymore. Dean Mumm on as lock cover. 

14mins - NZL 3-3 AUS

THREE! NZ conceded the first scrum penalty, with Owen Franks not binding. Foley taps it over from 23m.

12mins - NZL 3-0 AUS

A very messy clearing kick from Foley turns into gold when Ben Smith fumbles just outside NZ's 22. 

11mins - NZL 3-0 AUS

The kicking duel continues. Australia clear their 22 thanks to the boot of Foley but the All Blacks have already won a few important battles at the breakdown with a couple of balls stripped from Australian runners. 

8mins - NZL 3-0 AUS

THREE! All Blacks draw first blood. Carter's first kick is a beauty. 

6mins - NZL 0-0 AUS

And the All Blacks are now hot on attack. A series of good phases have the Wallabies backed up against their line. Play comes to a stop as the All Blacks are awarded a penalty but Kieran Read looks to be in some pain. Ankle injury. 

3mins - NZL 0-0 AUS

Good start by the All Blacks. Awarded a lineout 30m from AUS' line, Nonu busted through the line and went to within 15m of scoring. Quick ball was needed but the All Blacks couldn't quite hold on. Turnover. 

1min - NZL 0-0 AUS

And we're off. All Blacks take the kickoff cleanly through Sam Whitelock. 


5:01am - Keven Mealamu lead Kapa o Pango. The All Blacks look really fired up. 

4:58am - Time for the haka. A real chance to see how the All Blacks are feeling. 

4:56am - Anthems coming up now. New Zealand first. 

4:54am - Teams now making their way to the pitch. 

New Zealand are aiming to become the first team ever to retain the Rugby World Cup when they meet Australia in this sell-out Twickenham final.

More than 80,000 fans will see the All Blacks start as favourites, having lost only three games out of 53 since lifting the Webb Ellis Cup in 2011.

It will be the first time the All Blacks and Australia - the world's top-ranked sides - have met in the final.

Both are double winners but no country has won the tournament three times.

The build-up to the final has seen both nations throw their weight behind their quest for victory, with the Sydney Opera House illuminated in green and gold and the slogan "Go Wallabies".


New Zealand: Ben Smith, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Julian Savea, Dan Carter, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (capt), Jerome Kaino, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Owen Franks, Dane Coles, Joe Moody.

Res: Keven Mealamu, Ben Franks, Charlie Faumuina, Victor Vito, Sam Cane, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Beauden Barrett, Sonny Bill Williams.

Australia: Israel Folau, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Tevita Kuridrani, Matt Giteau, Drew Mitchell, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, David Pocock, Michael Hooper, Scott Fardy, Rob Simmons, Kane Douglas, Sekope Kepu, Stephen Moore (capt), Scott Sio.

Res: Tatafu Polota-Nau, Greg Holmes, James Slipper, Dean Mumm, Ben McCalman, Nick Phipps, Matt Toomua, Kurtley Beale.

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