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2015 Rugby World Cup knockout stage

The knockout stage of the 2015 Rugby World Cup began on 17 October with two quarter-finals and concluded on 31 October with the final at Twickenham Stadium in London with all matches played over the course of three consecutive weekends.[1]

Qualified teamsEdit

Australia went unbeaten to finish in first place in Pool A, with Wales in second place. In Pool B, South Africa finished top despite losing their opening match against Japan,[2] ahead of Scotland in second place. New Zealand also went unbeaten as winners of Pool C, with Argentina in second. Pool D was topped by Northern Hemisphere teams, with Ireland coming first and France in second.[3]

Pool Winners Runners-up
A   Australia   Wales
B   South Africa   Scotland
C   New Zealand   Argentina
D   Ireland   France

BracketEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
17 October – Twickenham Stadium
 
 
  South Africa23
 
24 October – Twickenham Stadium
 
  Wales19
 
  South Africa18
 
17 October – Millennium Stadium
 
  New Zealand20
 
  New Zealand62
 
31 October – Twickenham Stadium
 
  France13
 
  New Zealand34
 
18 October – Millennium Stadium
 
  Australia17
 
  Ireland20
 
25 October – Twickenham Stadium
 
  Argentina43
 
  Argentina15
 
18 October – Twickenham Stadium
 
  Australia29 Third place
 
  Australia35
 
30 October – Olympic Stadium
 
  Scotland34
 
  South Africa24
 
 
  Argentina13
 

Quarter-finalsEdit

South Africa vs WalesEdit

17 October 2015
16:00 BST (UTC+01)
South Africa   23–19   Wales
Try: Du Preez 75' m
Pen: Pollard (5/7) 9', 13', 17', 21', 62'
Drop: Pollard 52'
Report Try: G. Davies 18' c
Con: Biggar (1/1) 19'
Pen: Biggar (3/4) 15', 47', 64'
Drop: Biggar 40'
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 79,572
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
South Africa
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wales
FB 15 Willie le Roux
RW 14 JP Pietersen
OC 13 Jesse Kriel   68'
IC 12 Damian de Allende
LW 11 Bryan Habana
FH 10 Handré Pollard   77'
SH 9 Fourie du Preez (c)
N8 8 Duane Vermeulen
OF 7 Schalk Burger
BF 6 Francois Louw   68'
RL 5 Lood de Jager
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth   68'
TP 3 Frans Malherbe   61'
HK 2 Bismarck du Plessis   12' to 24'   56'
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira   57'
Replacements:
HK 16 Adriaan Strauss   12'   24'   56'
PR 17 Heinke van der Merwe   57'
PR 18 Jannie du Plessis   61'
LK 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit   68'
FL 20 Willem Alberts   68'
SH 21 Ruan Pienaar
FH 22 Pat Lambie   77'
CE 23 Jan Serfontein   68'
Coach:
  Heyneke Meyer
 
FB 15 Gareth Anscombe
RW 14 Alex Cuthbert
OC 13 Tyler Morgan   68'
IC 12 Jamie Roberts
LW 11 George North
FH 10 Dan Biggar   74'
SH 9 Gareth Davies   71'
N8 8 Taulupe Faletau
OF 7 Sam Warburton (c)
BF 6 Dan Lydiate   68'
RL 5 Alun Wyn Jones
LL 4 Luke Charteris   64'
TP 3 Samson Lee   56'
HK 2 Scott Baldwin   57'
LP 1 Gethin Jenkins   56'
Replacements:
HK 16 Ken Owens   57'
PR 17 Paul James   56'
PR 18 Tomas Francis   56'
LK 19 Bradley Davies   64'
FL 20 Justin Tipuric   68'
SH 21 Lloyd Williams   71'
FH 22 Rhys Priestland   74'
CE 23 James Hook   68'
Coach:
  Warren Gatland

Man of the Match:
Schalk Burger (South Africa)

Touch judges:
George Clancy (Ireland)
JP Doyle (England)
Television match official:
Graham Hughes (England)

New Zealand vs FranceEdit

17 October 2015
20:00 BST (UTC+01)
New Zealand   62–13   France
Try: Retallick 11' c
Milner-Skudder 23' c
Savea (3) 29' c, 38' m, 59' c
Kaino 50' m
Read 64' c
Kerr-Barlow (2) 68' c, 71' c
Con: Carter (7/9) 12', 25', 31', 60', 65', 68', 72'
Pen: Carter (1/1) 7'
Report Try: Picamoles 36' c
Con: Parra (1/1) 37'
Pen: Spedding (1/1) 9'
Parra (1/2) 15'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 71,619
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
France
FB 15 Ben Smith
RW 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder   40'
OC 13 Conrad Smith   52'
IC 12 Ma'a Nonu
LW 11 Julian Savea
FH 10 Dan Carter
SH 9 Aaron Smith   65'
N8 8 Kieran Read
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c)   69'
BF 6 Jerome Kaino   65'
RL 5 Sam Whitelock
LL 4 Brodie Retallick
TP 3 Owen Franks   51'
HK 2 Dane Coles   60'
LP 1 Wyatt Crockett   25'
Replacements:
HK 16 Keven Mealamu   60'
PR 17 Joe Moody   25'
PR 18 Charlie Faumuina   51'
N8 19 Victor Vito   65'
FL 20 Sam Cane   69'
SH 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow   65'
FH 22 Beauden Barrett   40'
CE 23 Sonny Bill Williams   52'
Coach:
  Steve Hansen
 
FB 15 Scott Spedding
RW 14 Noa Nakaitaci
OC 13 Alexandre Dumoulin   61'
IC 12 Wesley Fofana
LW 11 Brice Dulin
FH 10 Frédéric Michalak   12'
SH 9 Morgan Parra   69'
N8 8 Louis Picamoles   47' to 57'   72'
OF 7 Bernard Le Roux
BF 6 Thierry Dusautoir (c)
RL 5 Yoann Maestri
LL 4 Pascal Papé   48'
TP 3 Rabah Slimani   61'
HK 2 Guilhem Guirado   57'
LP 1 Eddy Ben Arous   61'
Replacements:
HK 16 Dimitri Szarzewski   57'
PR 17 Vincent Debaty   61'
PR 18 Nicolas Mas   61'
N8 19 Damien Chouly   72'
FL 20 Yannick Nyanga   48'
SH 21 Rory Kockott   69'
FH 22 Rémi Tales   12'
CE 23 Mathieu Bastareaud   61'
Coach:
  Philippe Saint-André

Man of the Match:
Julian Savea (New Zealand)

Touch judges:
Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
John Lacey (Ireland)
Television match official:
Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

Notes:

  • This was the largest winning margin in a Rugby World Cup knockout stage match, surpassing the 43-point winning margin New Zealand set against Wales in 1987.[4]
  • The nine tries scored by New Zealand is the most scored by one team in a Rugby World Cup knockout stage match.[5]
  • With his hat-trick of tries in this match, Julian Savea equalled Jonah Lomu and Bryan Habana's single-tournament record of eight tries.[6]

Ireland vs ArgentinaEdit

18 October 2015
13:00 BST (UTC+01)
Ireland   20–43   Argentina
Try: Fitzgerald 26' c
Murphy 44' c
Con: Madigan (2/2) 27', 45'
Pen: Madigan (2/4) 20', 53'
Report Try: Moroni 3' c
Imhoff (2) 10' c, 73' c
Tuculet 69' c
Con: Sánchez (4/4) 5', 10', 70', 74'
Pen: Sánchez (5/6) 13', 22', 51', 64', 77'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 72,316
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ireland
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Argentina
FB 15 Rob Kearney
RW 14 Tommy Bowe   13'
OC 13 Keith Earls
IC 12 Robbie Henshaw
LW 11 Dave Kearney
FH 10 Ian Madigan
SH 9 Conor Murray   70'
N8 8 Jamie Heaslip (c)
OF 7 Chris Henry
BF 6 Jordi Murphy   70'
RL 5 Iain Henderson   71'
LL 4 Devin Toner
TP 3 Mike Ross   51'
HK 2 Rory Best   66'
LP 1 Cian Healy   51'
Replacements:
HK 16 Richardt Strauss   66'
PR 17 Jack McGrath   51'
PR 18 Nathan White   51'
LK 19 Donnacha Ryan   71'
FL 20 Rhys Ruddock   70'
SH 21 Eoin Reddan   70'
FH 22 Paddy Jackson
WG 23 Luke Fitzgerald   13'
Coach:
  Joe Schmidt
 
FB 15 Joaquín Tuculet
RW 14 Santiago Cordero
OC 13 Matías Moroni   68'
IC 12 Juan Martín Hernández
LW 11 Juan Imhoff
FH 10 Nicolás Sánchez
SH 9 Martín Landajo   53'
N8 8 Leonardo Senatore   23'   28'   51'
OF 7 Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe
BF 6 Pablo Matera
RL 5 Tomás Lavanini
LL 4 Guido Petti Pagadizábal   60'
TP 3 Ramiro Herrera   17' to 27'   72'
HK 2 Agustín Creevy (c)   56'
LP 1 Marcos Ayerza   68'
Replacements:
HK 16 Julián Montoya   56'
PR 17 Lucas Noguera Paz   68'
PR 18 Juan Pablo Orlandi   23'   28'   72'
LK 19 Matías Alemanno   60'
N8 20 Facundo Isa   51'
SH 21 Tomás Cubelli   53'
CE 22 Jerónimo de la Fuente   68'
FB 23 Lucas González Amorosino
Coach:
  Daniel Hourcade

Man of the Match:
Nicolás Sánchez (Argentina)

Touch judges:
Romain Poite (France)
Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Television match official:
George Ayoub (Australia)

Notes:

  • This was Argentina's first victory over Ireland since their 30–15 victory in the 2007 Rugby World Cup.[7]
  • This was Argentina's largest winning margin over Ireland, surpassing the 16-point margin recorded in June 2007.[8]

Australia vs ScotlandEdit

18 October 2015
16:00 BST (UTC+01)
Australia   35–34   Scotland
Try: Ashley-Cooper 9' m
Mitchell (2) 30' m, 43' c
Hooper 40' m
Kuridrani 64' c
Con: Foley (2/5) 44', 65'
Pen: Foley (2/2) 54', 80'
Report Try: Horne 18' c
Seymour 59' m
Bennett 74' c
Con: Laidlaw (2/3) 19', 75'
Pen: Laidlaw (5/5) 14', 21', 34', 47', 69'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Scotland
FB 15 Kurtley Beale
RW 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper
OC 13 Tevita Kuridrani
IC 12 Matt Giteau
LW 11 Drew Mitchell
FH 10 Bernard Foley
SH 9 Will Genia   71'
N8 8 Ben McCalman
OF 7 Michael Hooper
BF 6 Scott Fardy
RL 5 Rob Simmons   66'
LL 4 Kane Douglas
TP 3 Sekope Kepu   54'
HK 2 Stephen Moore (c)   62'
LP 1 Scott Sio   51'
Replacements:
HK 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau   62'
PR 17 James Slipper   51'
PR 18 Greg Holmes   54'
LK 19 Dean Mumm   66'
FL 20 Sean McMahon
SH 21 Nick Phipps   71'
CE 22 Matt Toomua
FH 23 Quade Cooper
Coach:
  Michael Cheika
 
FB 15 Stuart Hogg
RW 14 Sean Maitland   42' to 52'
OC 13 Mark Bennett
IC 12 Peter Horne   71'
LW 11 Tommy Seymour   63'
FH 10 Finn Russell
SH 9 Greig Laidlaw (c)
N8 8 David Denton
OF 7 John Hardie
BF 6 Blair Cowan   67'
RL 5 Jonny Gray   67'
LL 4 Richie Gray
TP 3 WP Nel   75'
HK 2 Ross Ford   54'
LP 1 Alasdair Dickinson   47'
Replacements:
HK 16 Fraser Brown   54'
PR 17 Gordon Reid   47'
PR 18 Jon Welsh   75'
LK 19 Tim Swinson   67'
N8 20 Josh Strauss   67'
SH 21 Henry Pyrgos
CE 22 Richie Vernon   71'
WG 23 Sean Lamont   63'
Coach:
  Vern Cotter

Man of the Match:
Matt Giteau (Australia)

Touch judges:
Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Pascal Gaüzère (France)
Television match official:
Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Notes:

  • Fraser Brown and Tim Swinson were named to start, but after Ross Ford and Jonny Gray's three-match bans were overturned, they were named in the team minutes before kick off.[9]
  • Matt Giteau and Stephen Moore became the seventh and eighth Australian players to earn 100 test caps.
  • The 34 points scored by Scotland were the most they had ever scored against Australia.[10]
  • After the match, World Rugby issued a statement over referee Craig Joubert's controversial decision to award a late penalty to Australia. The report concluded that while Joubert could not have consulted TMO at the time, his decision was in fact wrong, as the replay showed that Australia's Nick Phipps had played the ball before Scotland's Jon Welsh received it. The correct call should have been a scrum awarded to Australia for the original knock-on.[11]

Semi-finalsEdit

This was the first Rugby World Cup where no Northern Hemisphere team reached the semi-finals.[12] The semi-final line-up consisted of the four Rugby Championship teams: New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina and Australia. Both matches were played at Twickenham which was also used for the same stage back in the 1999 Rugby World Cup.

South Africa vs New ZealandEdit

24 October 2015
16:00 BST (UTC+01)
South Africa   18–20   New Zealand
Pen: Pollard (5/5) 3', 11', 21', 39', 58'
Lambie (1/1) 69'
Report Try: Kaino 6' c
Barrett 52' c
Con: Carter (2/2) 9', 53'
Pen: Carter (1/2) 60'
Drop: Carter 46'
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 80,090
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
South Africa
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New Zealand
FB 15 Willie le Roux
RW 14 JP Pietersen
OC 13 Jesse Kriel
IC 12 Damian de Allende   79'
LW 11 Bryan Habana   52' to 62'
FH 10 Handré Pollard   65'
SH 9 Fourie du Preez (c)
N8 8 Duane Vermeulen
OF 7 Schalk Burger   64'
BF 6 Francois Louw   29' to 35'
RL 5 Lood de Jager   60'
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth
TP 3 Frans Malherbe   60'
HK 2 Bismarck du Plessis   53'
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira   53'
Replacements:
HK 16 Adriaan Strauss   53'
PR 17 Heinke van der Merwe   53'
PR 18 Jannie du Plessis   60'
LK 19 Victor Matfield   60'
FL 20 Willem Alberts   29'   35'   64'
SH 21 Ruan Pienaar
FH 22 Pat Lambie   65'
CE 23 Jan Serfontein   79'
Coach:
  Heyneke Meyer
 
FB 15 Ben Smith
RW 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder   49'
OC 13 Conrad Smith
IC 12 Ma'a Nonu   52'
LW 11 Julian Savea
FH 10 Dan Carter
SH 9 Aaron Smith
N8 8 Kieran Read
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c)
BF 6 Jerome Kaino   39' to 49'   67'
RL 5 Sam Whitelock
LL 4 Brodie Retallick
TP 3 Owen Franks   52'
HK 2 Dane Coles   67'
LP 1 Joe Moody   69'
Replacements:
HK 16 Keven Mealamu   67'
PR 17 Ben Franks   69'
PR 18 Charlie Faumuina   52'
N8 19 Victor Vito
FL 20 Sam Cane   67'
SH 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow
FH 22 Beauden Barrett   49'
CE 23 Sonny Bill Williams   52'
Coach:
  Steve Hansen

Man of the Match:
Ben Smith (New Zealand)

Touch judges:
Romain Poite (France)
John Lacey (Ireland)
Television match official:
George Ayoub (Australia)

Notes:

Argentina vs AustraliaEdit

25 October 2015
16:00 GMT (UTC+00)
Argentina   15–29   Australia
Pen: Sánchez (5/5) 7', 24', 36', 45', 55'
Report Try: Simmons 2' c
Ashley-Cooper (3) 10' c, 32' m, 72' c
Con: Foley (3/4) 3', 11', 73'
Pen: Foley (1/2) 48'
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 80,025
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Argentina
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 15 Joaquín Tuculet
RW 14 Santiago Cordero
OC 13 Marcelo Bosch
IC 12 Juan Martín Hernández   44'
LW 11 Juan Imhoff   18'
FH 10 Nicolás Sánchez
SH 9 Martín Landajo   56'
N8 8 Leonardo Senatore   49'
OF 7 Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe
BF 6 Pablo Matera
RL 5 Tomás Lavanini   26' to 36'
LL 4 Guido Petti Pagadizábal   58'
TP 3 Ramiro Herrera   61'
HK 2 Agustín Creevy (c)   31'
LP 1 Marcos Ayerza   61'
Replacements:
HK 16 Julián Montoya   31'
PR 17 Lucas Noguera Paz   61'
PR 18 Juan Figallo   61'
LK 19 Matías Alemanno   58'
N8 20 Facundo Isa   49'
SH 21 Tomás Cubelli   56'
CE 22 Jerónimo de la Fuente   44'
FB 23 Lucas González Amorosino   18'
Coach:
  Daniel Hourcade
 
FB 15 Israel Folau   65'
RW 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper
OC 13 Tevita Kuridrani
IC 12 Matt Giteau   47'
LW 11 Drew Mitchell
FH 10 Bernard Foley
SH 9 Will Genia   67'
N8 8 David Pocock
OF 7 Michael Hooper
BF 6 Scott Fardy   56' to 61'   71'
RL 5 Rob Simmons   67'
LL 4 Kane Douglas
TP 3 Sekope Kepu   53'
HK 2 Stephen Moore (c)   59'
LP 1 James Slipper   53'
Replacements:
HK 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau   59'
PR 17 Toby Smith   53'
PR 18 Greg Holmes   53'
LK 19 Dean Mumm   67'
N8 20 Ben McCalman   56'   61'   71'
SH 21 Nick Phipps   67'
CE 22 Matt Toomua   65'
CE 23 Kurtley Beale   47'
Coach:
  Michael Cheika

Man of the Match:
Adam Ashley-Cooper (Australia)

Touch judges:
Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
George Clancy (Ireland)
Television match official:
Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Notes:

  • Michael Hooper, just 3 years and 140 days since his debut, became the fastest player ever to earn his 50th test cap, surpassing Australia's Al Baxter's record of 4 years and 44 days, and became the youngest Australian to achieve the 50-test landmark.[15]
  • James Slipper became Australia's most capped prop, surpassing both Ben Alexander's and Benn Robinson's record of 72 caps.
  • Australia became the second team, after New Zealand, to reach four Rugby World Cup finals, having previously played in the 1991, 1999, and 2003 finals.[16]

Bronze Final: South Africa vs ArgentinaEdit

30 October 2015
20:00 GMT (UTC+00)
South Africa   24–13   Argentina
Try: Pietersen 6' c
Etzebeth 43' m
Con: Pollard (1/2) 7'
Pen: Pollard (4/5) 14', 33', 40', 48'
Report Try: Orlandi 80' c
Con: Sánchez (1/1) 80'
Pen: Sánchez (1/1) 52'
Drop: Sánchez 42'
Olympic Stadium, London
Attendance: 55,925
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
South Africa
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Argentina
FB 15 Willie le Roux   64'
RW 14 JP Pietersen
OC 13 Jesse Kriel
IC 12 Damian de Allende
LW 11 Bryan Habana   67'
FH 10 Handré Pollard
SH 9 Ruan Pienaar   77'
N8 8 Duane Vermeulen
OF 7 Schalk Burger   53'   61'   66'
BF 6 Francois Louw   61' to 66'
RL 5 Victor Matfield (c)   63'
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth
TP 3 Frans Malherbe   61'   70'
HK 2 Bismarck du Plessis   49'
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira   40'
Replacements:
HK 16 Adriaan Strauss   49'
PR 17 Heinke van der Merwe   40'
PR 18 Jannie du Plessis   61'   70'
LK 19 Lood de Jager   63'
FL 20 Willem Alberts   53'
SH 21 Rudy Paige   77'
FH 22 Pat Lambie   64'
CE 23 Jan Serfontein   67'
Coach:
  Heyneke Meyer
 
FB 15 Lucas González Amorosino
RW 14 Santiago Cordero
OC 13 Matías Moroni
IC 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente   71'
LW 11 Horacio Agulla   58'
FH 10 Nicolás Sánchez (c)
SH 9 Tomás Cubelli   5' to 15'   53'
N8 8 Juan Manuel Leguizamón
OF 7 Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe   53'
BF 6 Javier Ortega Desio
RL 5 Tomás Lavanini
LL 4 Matías Alemanno   47'
TP 3 Ramiro Herrera   55'
HK 2 Julián Montoya   77'
LP 1 Juan Figallo   15' to 22'   61'   64'   71'
Replacements:
PR 16 Lucas Noguera Paz   15'   22'   61'   64' to 71'
PR 17 Juan Pablo Orlandi   55'
PR 18 Santiago García Botta   77'
LK 19 Guido Petti Pagadizábal   47'
N8 20 Facundo Isa   53'
SH 21 Martín Landajo   53'
FH 22 Santiago González Iglesias   71'
CE 23 Juan Pablo Socino   58'
Coach:
  Daniel Hourcade

Man of the Match:
Damian de Allende (South Africa)

Touch judges:
Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Graham Hughes (England)

Notes:

Final: New Zealand vs AustraliaEdit

31 October 2015
16:00 GMT (UTC+00)
New Zealand   34–17   Australia
Try: Milner-Skudder 39' c
Nonu 42' m
Barrett 79' c
Con: Carter (2/3) 40', 80'
Pen: Carter (4/4) 8', 27', 36', 75'
Drop: Carter 70'
Report Try: Pocock 53' c
Kuridrani 64' c
Con: Foley (2/2) 54', 65'
Pen: Foley (1/1) 14'
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 80,125
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 15 Ben Smith   52' to 62'
RW 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder   65'
OC 13 Conrad Smith   40'
IC 12 Ma'a Nonu
LW 11 Julian Savea
FH 10 Dan Carter
SH 9 Aaron Smith   71'
N8 8 Kieran Read
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c)   80'
BF 6 Jerome Kaino   71'
RL 5 Sam Whitelock
LL 4 Brodie Retallick
TP 3 Owen Franks   54'
HK 2 Dane Coles   65'
LP 1 Joe Moody   59'
Replacements:
HK 16 Keven Mealamu   65'
PR 17 Ben Franks   59'
PR 18 Charlie Faumuina   54'
N8 19 Victor Vito   71'
FL 20 Sam Cane   80'
SH 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow   71'
FH 22 Beauden Barrett   65'
CE 23 Sonny Bill Williams   40'
Coach:
  Steve Hansen
 
FB 15 Israel Folau
RW 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper
OC 13 Tevita Kuridrani
IC 12 Matt Giteau   26'
LW 11 Drew Mitchell   66'   71'
FH 10 Bernard Foley
SH 9 Will Genia   70'
N8 8 David Pocock
OF 7 Michael Hooper
BF 6 Scott Fardy   61'
RL 5 Rob Simmons
LL 4 Kane Douglas   15'
TP 3 Sekope Kepu   59'
HK 2 Stephen Moore (c)   55'
LP 1 Scott Sio   59'
Replacements:
HK 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau   55'
PR 17 James Slipper   59'
PR 18 Greg Holmes   59'
LK 19 Dean Mumm   15'
N8 20 Ben McCalman   61'
SH 21 Nick Phipps   70'
CE 22 Matt Toomua   66'   71'
CE 23 Kurtley Beale   26'
Coach:
  Michael Cheika

Man of the Match:
Dan Carter (New Zealand)

Touch judges:
Jérôme Garcès (France)
Wayne Barnes (England)
Television match official:
Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

Notes:

  • New Zealand became the first team to retain the Rugby World Cup title, and win a third World Cup title.[18]
  • This was the first time New Zealand won the World Cup on foreign soil.[19]
  • The aggregate 51 points scored was the most ever in a Rugby World Cup final.
  • Ben Smith became the first player to receive a yellow card in a Rugby World Cup final.
  • New Zealand's Sonny Bill Williams, Jerome Kaino and Sam Whitelock played in a record 14th consecutive World Cup wins.[14]
  • Fourteen New Zealand players joined five Australians and one South African as dual Rugby Union World Cup winners. McCaw became the first player to captain two World Cup winners.

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