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# Rugby World Cup

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# TV3
Seven countries (including Ireland and France!) represented in TV3's Team of the RWC
What do you make of the TV3 panel’s choices?
# Gifted
Sonny Bill Williams explains why he gave his RWC medal to a young fan
The All Blacks centre gave his medal away after the World Cup final.
# always bet on black
Nonu's Ma'avelous try, Dan Carter's deadly drop-goal and the rest of the RWC final highlights
Thanks, All Blacks and Wallabies, for the best Rugby World Cup final ever.
# Golden Moment
Holy SBW! Sonny Bill just offloaded his World Cup medal to this lucky kid
Serious gesture from the All Black centre.
# don't worry be champions
'We knew we'd have someone in the bin at some stage': Best laid plans pay off for Hansen
14 points conceded with a man in the bin? Steve Hansen doesn’t believe in worrying.
# Kiwi Pride
Brilliant Carter guides New Zealand to World Cup victory over Chieka's Wallabies
The 33-year-old signed off from Test rugby with a sublime performance.
AS IT HAPPENED
New Zealand v Australia, Rugby World Cup final
We went minute-by-minute for the most important Trans-Tasman derby in rugby history.
# column
Peter Stringer: McCaw got a standing ovation in '01 and hasn't let up since
Our World Cup columnist looks at what makes the New Zealand captain such a legend of the game.
# stay another day
Wales move to retain Shaun Edwards and the rest of Gatland's back room team until next World Cup
Gatland omitted Edwards from his Lions touring party in favour of Andy Farrell, but wants him by his side until 2019.
# Golden Boy
'He likes a beer, he likes a laugh and he's nice company' - Hansen lauds Carter
The 33-year-old out-half ends his New Zealand career after tomorrow’s World Cup final.
# RWC
The winners and losers from a memorable Rugby World Cup
There’s a lot to look back on ahead of this weekend’s decider.
# Skux
Toulon-bound Ma'a Nonu aiming to finish All Blacks 'dream' in glory
Leinster will have to deal with the Kiwi centre later this season.
# AAC
Adam Ashley-Cooper ranks as one of Australia's all-time greats
The Bordeaux-bound wing has been one of the Wallabies’ best servants of all.
# King of NZ
'I always take a moment during the week to realise how lucky I am' - McCaw
The 34-year-old is expected to retire after New Zealand’s World Cup final against Australia tomorrow.
# column
Lynne Cantwell: BOD and D'Arcy had it, All Blacks Nonu and Smith have it too
Our World Cup columnist looks at the strength of the All Blacks’ centre pairing.
# Patriot
Cheika: 'We're not all guys camped out by the billabong, wearing cork hats'
Michael Cheika provided some laughs this afternoon in London.
# Gongs
Japan in running with heavyweights for World Rugby team award after tournament heroics
Michael Cheika is on the shortlist for the top coach award, meanwhile.
# Leader
Richie McCaw refuses to admit World Cup final will be his last game of rugby
The 34-year-old is widely expected to hang up his boots following Saturday’s clash with Australia.
# All Blacks
'They can call us whatever they want. Being Aussies, they probably will'
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen isn’t too concerned about what the Australians are and aren’t saying.
# Cheik Mate!
A 4-year plan in fast forward? Michael Cheika is 80 minutes from coaching greatness
With club successes in two hemispheres, the former Leinster coach will be king of the world if he beats New Zealand this weekend.
# uncompromising
2001 Lions villain Grey demands defensive aggression from Cheika's Wallabies
The former Australia centre is a key part of Michael Cheika’s coaching staff.
# You Know Who
Letter from London: Should we be calling them the All Blacks?
There’s a theory that Michael Cheika’s Australians have been avoiding the famous moniker.
# Turnover King
Analysis: All Blacks will have to target ludicrously effective David Pocock
The Wallabies number eight must be dealt with aggressively and in numbers.
# Power Ranking
At the risk of jumping the gun, this RWC final is definitely going to be the best RWC final
Though in fairness, it doesn’t have many classics to compete with.
# smarts
Two of rugby's deep thinkers will go head-to-head in the RWC final
Wayne Smith’s defence will attempt to nullify and exploit Stephen Larkham’s attack.
# Bender
Gloriously old-school Ben Smith is one of the world's greatest players
The New Zealand fullback spent a gap year working and playing in Bristol.
# NATURE LOVERS
Pocock says he'll organise RWC final tickets for 'legend' David Attenborough
The Australia back row says the broadcaster is a ‘big hero of mine.’
# eyes ahead
2011 has little bearing for Milner-Skudder and the latest breed of All Blacks
Many of the current World Cup squad watched the 2011 victory on television.
# column
Peter Stringer: The smallest man in the World Cup final might have the biggest say
Our World Cup columnist looks at the All Blacks’ brilliant scrum-half, Aaron Smith.
# characters
'We've got the jokers, the lovers, the fighters, a team of diversity'
David Pocock ‘is a really interesting character,’ says Michael Cheika.
# Talent
These are the nominees for the first Breakthrough Player of the Year award
Nehe Milner-Skudder, Mark Bennett and Vasil Lobzhanidze have all showed superb form.
# Emotional
They broke Irish hearts, but the Pumas have been a joy in this World Cup
Head coach Daniel Hourcade says he has no regrets about the way Argentina played.
# Neighbours
Australia will face reigning champions New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup final
It will be the fourth installment in a fierce World Cup rivalry.
# party animal
Diego Maradona took that early Australian onslaught surprisingly well
He’s the personification of positive thinking, that wee guy.
# old pro
Cheika calls on knock-out experience to prep Wallabies for Pumas
The ex-Leinster coach says he never imagined coaching in the World Cup semi-finals.
# mark of respect
'There’s nothing in it' - Hansen refuses to entertain talk of McCaw citing
‘If you can’t get him on the track, let’s get him off the track sort of thing.’
# Grit
2013 win over Ireland helped build this self belief - All Blacks coach Hansen
The Kiwi boss says he hopes Australia and Argentina ‘bash each other’ tomorrow.
# Painful
'It's like kissing your sister' - Boks not looking forward to 3rd place play-off
Head coach Heyneke Meyer wasn’t ready to provide ‘loser talk’ at Twickenham.
# clinical
All Blacks pass brutal Springboks test to secure World Cup final spot
Steve Hansen’s men took their two try-scoring chances wonderfully well.
# Best in the World
All Blacks look to turn on basic magic again but Boks will be ferocious
Today’s World Cup semi-final at Twickenham is the latest instalment of a great rivalry.