Rugby Rewind: 2011 Rugby World Cup Final
Ahead of this weekend’s final between the All Blacks & the Wallabies, Rugby Rewind takes a look back at 2011’s final.
In 2011 it was New Zealand who were crowned world champions for the first time in 24 years after squeezing past an inspired France team by a single point.
Tony Woodcock’s early try and a penalty from fourth-choice fly-half Stephen Donald were enough to see the All Blacks home in an extraordinary match that defied all pre-match predictions.
France produced their best performance of the tournament and appeared to be close to pulling off one of the great upsets after captain Thierry Dusautoir’s try with half an hour remaining set up a nerve-shredding finale.
But Francois Trinh-Duc missed a long-range penalty before desperate defence saw the favourites hang on for a famous win.
The final whistle triggered scenes of wild jubilation at Eden Park as a nation celebrated a repeat of the outcome from the very first World Cup final in 1987.