New Zealanders are celebrating their first Rugby World Cup victory in almost a quarter century.
New Zealand beat France 8-7 in the final at Eden Park in Auckland to win the sport’s premier tournament for the second time. France captain Thierry Dusautoir was named the International Rugby Board’s player of the year. He is the second player from France to win the award after former captain Fabien Galthie in 2002. The victory concludes 45 days of matches in 11 cities across New Zealand. This win is lifting the mood of a scarred in the past year by natural disasters and a mining tragedy.
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