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New Zealand Wins Rugby World Cup


All Blacks captain Richie McCaw (center) celebrates winning the Webb Ellis Cup with teammates after the 2011 Rugby World Cup final in Auckland.

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw (center) celebrates winning the Webb Ellis Cup with teammates after the 2011 Rugby World Cup final in Auckland.

New Zealand has been crowned rugby world champion for the first time in 24 years after pipping France to the title by a single point.

Tony Woodcock's early try and a penalty from fly-half Stephen Donald were enough to see the All Blacks win 8-7 in a tense match that defied all expectations.

France appeared to be close to causing a major upset after captain Thierry Dusatoir's try with half an hour remaining set up a nerve-wracking finale.

But Francois Trinh-Duc missed a long-range penalty before desperate defense saw the New Zealand cling on for a famous win.

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