The All Blacks were the massive favourites going into the final, with the only thing not in their favour being that they had never won a World Cup outside of New Zealand.
As a neutral it was good to see them make history and become the first team to win a third World Cup, as well as becoming the first team to retain the Webb Ellis Cup.
It’s for that reason I believe they are the greatest rugby team of all-time. They’ve only lost three games in the last four years which is a pretty astonishing record.
As someone who has both lost and won in World Cup finals I have to give some credit to Australia, who really did make a game of it.
The Wallabies came back well and reduced New Zealand’s lead to four points, but in the end they just didn’t have enough left in the tank.
Had there been a red card given to Ben Smith for his hip tackle then it could have been different, however when you look back at the tournament the best team won.
To retain a World Cup is so difficult to achieve. I tried to in 2007 with England after we won it in 2003.
Everyone wants to take your scalp so you are under enormous pressure, but this New Zealand team, led by their captain Richie McCaw, were so impressive.
The All Blacks skipper used all 148 caps of his experience in that final, and if he is to retire will be a big miss.
New Zealand have an underlying new breed of players coming through, who will make mistakes along the way, but have had the experience of learning from the best.
It was an amazing experience to commentate on the final for ITV’s world feed.
England have done an excellent job as hosts, and the supporters who have packed out the stadiums in the last six weeks have enjoyed a hugely competitive tournament.
Before I sign off from this World Cup, here are a few of my own awards for the tournament:
Player of the tournament: David Pocock gets my vote. He was the talisman for Australia and won games for them. David just pips New Zealand’s Richie McCaw, while an honourable mention goes to Mamuka Gorgodze of Georgia, who was ferocious for the minnows.
Moment of the tournament: This has to go to the Japan/South Africa game. The spirit the Japanese showed to go for the win shook the world.
That Japan are hosting the next World Cup in 2019 made the moment so symbolic and one that will be remembered
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