RWC Final: Facts & Stats

Date published: October 31 2015

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We review some key facts from New Zealand's 34-17 win against Australia in the Rugby World Cup 2015 final.

– New Zealand became the first team to win the Rugby World Cup three times.

– The All Blacks also became the first side to retain the Webb Ellis Cup.

– For the first time, the All Blacks won the World Cup outside of New Zealand.

– The All Blacks won their 14th successive RWC match, extending the competition record.

– Fourteen players from the RWC 2011 success helped the All Blacks retain the Webb Ellis Cup. They are Tony Woodcock, Keven Mealamu, Owen Franks, Ben Franks, Sam Whitelock, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw, Kieran Read, Victor Vito, Dan Carter, Colin Slade, Ma'a Nonu, Conrad Smith and Sonny Bill Williams.

– They joined Australia's Phil Kearns, Jason Little, Tim Horan, Dan Crowley and John Eales, and South Africa's Os Du Randt, as players to win the World Cup twice.

– Richie McCaw extended a World Cup record in captaining his side for the 13th time in the competition. He also extended the world record for test appearances to 148.

– With his 22nd appearance in a World Cup match, McCaw equalled the competition record, the 22 by England's Jason Leonard.

– McCaw became the first player to captain his side in two triumphant World Cup campaigns.

– Dan Carter produced the sixth drop goal in a RWC final and the first since Jonny Wilkinson's match-winning kick for England in 2003.

– Carter's 19 points were the most by an All Black in a World Cup final. Grant Fox scored 17 in 1987.

– Julian Savea finished as the tournament's leading try scorer on eight, a total that equalled the record for a single World Cup, also reached by Jonah Lomu in 1999 and Bryan Habana in 2007.

– Savea is the first All Black to finish the tournament as its leading try scorer since Mils Muliaina and Doug Howlett shared the lead on seven in 2003.

– Argentina's Nicolás Sánchez finished as the leading points scorer on 97. He is the second Los Pumas player to earn the distinction following Gonzalo Quesada in 1999.

– Nehe Milner-Skudder, Ma'a Nonu and Beauden Barrett joined David Kirk, John Kirwan, Michael Jones and Tony Woodcock as All Blacks to score tries in a RWC final.

– Milner-Skudder finished on six tries at RWC 2015. Only Julian Savea has more (eight).

– David Pocock and Tevita Kuridrani joined Tony Daly, Owen Finegan, Ben Tune and Lote Tuqiri as Wallabies to score a try in a RWC final.

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