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Sunday, 1 November 2015

ALL BLACKS are World Cup Champions Again!

After waging a wonderful campaign of excellent rugby, the stage was set for a phenomenal game in the 2015 Rugby World Cup match between New Zealand and Australia. Being an All Blacks fan for as long as I can remember, my hopes were high for a victory for the boys in black. As we have come to expect from them the All Blacks did not disappoint with 70 minutes of outstanding play. There were 10 minutes where it looked like it could go either way, but then the inimitable Dan Carter scored a magnificent drop goal and turned the game around back into clearly going the way of the All Blacks. I shall say nothing about what I deem to be the unfair sin-binning of Ben Smith.

The Game Changing Drop Goal
This was definitely the best game of RWC 2015 with the All Blacks all pushing themselves to the limits of their capabilities. Richie McCaw, Dan Carter, Aaron Smith, Ben Smith, Conrad Smith, Brodie Retallick, Ma'a Nonu, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Sam Whitelock, Owen Franks, Joe Moody, Kieron Read, Dan Coles, Julian Savea, Jerome Kaino, Ben Franks, Charlie Faumuina, Kevin Mealamu, Sonny-Bill Williams, Beauden Barrett, Victor Vito and Tawera Kerr-Barlow all gave it their absolute best.

Nehe Milner-Skudder's try
Dan Carter well and truly deserved to win Man of the Match, especially since it was his last game in the All Black jersey. So many truly great All Blacks are retiring - Kevin Mealamu, Ma'a Nonu, Jerome Kaino, Conrad Smith and quite possibly Richie McCaw. We can only salute them for their wonderful service in their individual 100+ games in the All Black jersey. Congratulations to the best team in the world! You truly deserve the record of being the first team to win 3 Rugby World Cups and 2 successive World Cups.

I look forward to seeing the blossoming talent of so many amazing All Blacks including Aaron Smith, Ben Smith, Beauden Barrett, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Julian Savea, Brodie Retallick, Tawera Kerr-Barlow and Sam Cane. I look forward to the next 4 years of amazing rugby and best of luck for Japan 2019!

Nonu races for his try

Celebrating a well deserved victory!

We are the Champions!
Richie lifts the Webb Ellis Cup for the second consecutive time.
Legends of the game - Richie McCaw and Dan Carter
A post victory haka for the fans.

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