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Nov 1, 2015

No end in sight to All Blacks’ world domination

LONDON (Reuters) – Newly-crowned world champions New Zealand have already been installed as evens favourites to win a third successive title in Japan in four years and the northern hemisphere nations will wake up on Sunday knowing the gap is a big as ever.

Saturday’s 34-17 victory over Australia in a memorable final secured back-to-back titles for the sport’s superpower, who have now won 14 successive World Cup matches since their shock 2007 quarter-final defeat by France.

Oct 31, 2015

Carter can retire happy after final triumph

LONDON (Reuters) – Man of the moment, man of the match, player of his era, Dan Carter finally got the World Cup final stage his outrageous talents demanded and, as everyone knew he would, duly delivered.

Australia had fought back to within four points in Saturday’s World Cup final and the momentum was with them. Carter, however, stopped them in their tracks with a brilliant drop goal, snapped despite seemingly having no time and space.

Oct 31, 2015

All Blacks overwhelm Australia to win record third World Cup

LONDON (Reuters) – New Zealand cemented their status as the greatest team in rugby history when they overwhelmed Australia 34-17 at Twickenham on Saturday to become world champions for a record third time, and the first nation to retain the Webb Ellis Cup.

Tries from Nehe Milner-Skudder and Ma’a Nonu had the All Blacks cruising 21-3 early in the second half before Ben Smith’s yellow card opened the door for Australia, who got back within four points with tries by David Pocock and Tuvita Kuridrani.

Oct 31, 2015

Rugby-Carter can retire happy after final triumph

LONDON, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Man of the moment, man of the match, player of his era, Dan Carter finally got the World Cup final stage his outrageous talents demanded and, as everyone knew he would, duly delivered.

Australia had fought back to within four points in Saturday’s World Cup final and the momentum was with them. Carter, however, stopped them in their tracks with a brilliant drop goal, snapped despite seemingly having no time and space.

Oct 31, 2015

Rugby-All Blacks overwhelm Australia to win record third World Cup

LONDON, Oct 31 (Reuters) – New Zealand cemented their status as the greatest team in rugby history when they overwhelmed Australia 34-17 at Twickenham on Saturday to become world champions for a record third time, and the first nation to retain the Webb Ellis Cup.

Tries from Nehe Milner-Skudder and Ma’a Nonu had the All Blacks cruising 21-3 early in the second half before Ben Smith’s yellow card opened the door for Australia, who got back within four points with tries by David Pocock and Tuvita Kuridrani.

Oct 30, 2015

Hansen fears tries may dry up under pressure of final

LONDON (Reuters) – Steven Hansen says he hopes his New Zealand team and rivals Australia can turn on the style in Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final but accepts that the suffocating pressure could turn off the try tap.

Both teams have been prolific try-scorers throughout this tournament but history suggests a change on Saturday. The last six finals have produced a total of seven tries, with only Australia in 1999 scoring more than one.

Oct 30, 2015

Rugby-Hansen fears tries may dry up under pressure of final

LONDON, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Steven Hansen says he hopes his New Zealand team and rivals Australia can turn on the style in Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final but accepts that the suffocating pressure could turn off the try tap.

Both teams have been prolific try-scorers throughout this tournament but history suggests a change on Saturday. The last six finals have produced a total of seven tries, with only Australia in 1999 scoring more than one.

Oct 30, 2015

Phantom Carter is a real-life All Blacks superhero

LONDON (Reuters) – Dan Carter has admitted that he and hulking lock Ali Williams “like to dress up” in comic-book costumes, though coach Steve Hansen said the flyhalf is assured of All Black superhero status regardless of the result in Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final.

Carter faced the world’s media at Twickenham on Friday and did his best to play down the significance of his 112th and final test appearance being the opportunity to get his hands on the Webb Ellis Cup after missing most of the 2011 tournament through injury.

Oct 30, 2015

Rugby-Phantom Carter is a real-life All Blacks superhero

LONDON, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Dan Carter has admitted that he and hulking lock Ali Williams “like to dress up” in comic-book costumes, though coach Steve Hansen said the flyhalf is assured of All Black superhero status regardless of the result in Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final.

Carter faced the world’s media at Twickenham on Friday and did his best to play down the significance of his 112th and final test appearance being the opportunity to get his hands on the Webb Ellis Cup after missing most of the 2011 tournament through injury.

Oct 30, 2015

Final victory will send Carter out in style

LONDON (Reuters) – Nobody in the New Zealand camp will admit it, least of all the man himself, but if the All Blacks do triumph in Saturday’s World Cup final then the victory will be just that little bit more special for Dan Carter.

The match will be Carter’s 112th and last test and is the chance for him to ink in the one missing line from his otherwise glorious rugby CV. You would need a heart of flint, or be Australian, to want to see him denied it.

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      "I'm the head of UK sports reporting, based in London. I've been on the Reuters sports desk since 1997 and cover mainly football, rugby, athletics, golf, cycling and cricket."
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