The All Blacks aka New Zealand have bene the best rugby tema in the world for the past 16 years, but they hadn’t won a World Cup in 24 years and in today’s final it almost turned all black for them again. From a superiority on the field in the first half (and a 5-0 lead) the game turned in France’s favour in the second half. New Zealand were leading 8-0 after a penalty kick, but France scored a try and conversion to bring the score back to 8-7. For the final 30 minutes France had the All Black’s with their backs against the try line but could not force a way through. In the end New Zealand hung on to take home the Webb Ellis Cup in front of the home crowd.

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2011 Rugby World Cup

New Zealand All Blacks' Sonny Bill Williams avoids the tackle of Japan's Takehisa Usuzuki (on ground) as he sets up a try for teammate Ma'a Nonu during their Rugby World Cup Pool A match at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton September 16, 2011. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

2011 Rugby World Cup

John van der Giessen of the U.S. pushes the ball out from a maul during their Rugby World Cup Pool C match against Russia at Stadium Taranaki in New Plymouth September 15, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

2011 Rugby World Cup

James Paterson of the U.S. tackles Russia's Vladimir Ostroushko (L) during their Rugby World Cup Pool C match at Stadium Taranaki in New Plymouth September 15, 2011. REUTERS/Anthony Phelps

2011 Rugby World Cup

New Zealand All Blacks' Andy Ellis scores a try during their Rugby World Cup Pool A match against Japan at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton September 16, 2011. REUTERS/Nigel Marple

2011 Rugby World Cup

New Zealand All Blacks' Ma'a Nonu (12) and Sonny Bill Williams (22) tackle Japan's Alisi Tupuailai during their Rugby World Cup Pool A match at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton September 16, 2011. REUTERS/Nigel Marple

2011 Rugby World Cup

A fan of the U.S. waits for the start of the Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Russia and the U.S. at Stadium Taranaki in New Plymouth September 15, 2011. REUTERS/Anthony Phelps

2011 Rugby World Cup

Romania's Florin Surugiu (L) fails to prevent Argentina's Juan Manuel Leguizamon from scoring a try during their Rugby World Cup Pool B match at Rugby Park Stadium in Invercargill September 17, 2011. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

2011 Rugby World Cup

Romania's Ionel Cazan (2nd L) spear tackles Argentina's Horacio Agulla during their Rugby World Cup Pool B match at Rugby Park Stadium in Invercargill September 17, 2011. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

2011 Rugby World Cup

Australia Wallabies' Rocky Elsom wins a line out during their Rugby World Cup Pool C match against Ireland at Eden Park in Auckland September 17, 2011. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

2011 Rugby World Cup

Ireland's Stephen Ferris (R) tackles Australia Wallabies' Will Genia (2nd R) while Wallabies' Radike Samo (2nd L) supports during their Rugby World Cup Pool C match at Eden Park in Auckland September 17, 2011. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

2011 Rugby World Cup

An Ireland fan cheers on his team during their Rugby World Cup Pool C match against Australia Wallabies at Eden Park in Auckland September 17, 2011. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

2011 Rugby World Cup

Ireland's Rob Kearney (L) and Paul O'Connell celebrate their win as Australia Wallabies players huddle behind after their Rugby World Cup Pool C match at Eden Park in Auckland September 17, 2011. REUTERS/Nigel Marple

2011 Rugby World Cup

England's Shontayne Hape scores a try during their Rugby World Cup Pool B match against Georgia at Otago Stadium in Dunedin September 18, 2011. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

2011 Rugby World Cup

England (L) and Georgia contest a scrum during their Rugby World Cup Pool B match at Otago Stadium in Dunedin September 18, 2011. REUTERS/Brandon Malone

2011 Rugby World Cup

France's David Marty (L) fends off Canada's Ander Monro during their Rugby World Cup Pool A match at McLean Park in Napier September 18, 2011. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

2011 Rugby World Cup

Italy's Giulio Toniolatti tackles Russia's Andrey Garbuzov (7) during their Rugby World Cup Pool C match at Trafalgar Park in Nelson September 20, 2011. REUTERS/Brandon Malone

2011 Rugby World Cup

Italy's Quintin Geldenhuys (L) tackles Russia's Alexander Yanyushkin during their Rugby World Cup Pool C match at Trafalgar Park in Nelson September 20, 2011. REUTERS/Brandon Malone

2011 Rugby World Cup

Japan's Kensuke Hatakeyama (R) tackles Tonga's Fetu'u Vainikolo during their Rugby World Cup Pool A match at Northland Events Centre in Whangarei September 21, 2011. REUTERS/Nigel Marple (NEW ZEALAND - Tags: SPORT RUGBY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

2011 Rugby World Cup

South Africa Springboks and Namibia contest a scrum during their Rugby World Cup Pool D match at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland September 22, 2011. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

2011 Rugby World Cup

Namibia's Danie Dames (L) fails to prevent South Africa Springboks' Bryan Habana from scoring a try during their Rugby World Cup Pool D match at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland September 22, 2011. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

2011 Rugby World Cup

South Africa Springboks' Bryan Habana scores a try during their Rugby World Cup Pool D match against Namibia at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland September 22, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

2011 Rugby World Cup

Australia Wallabies' Quade Cooper kicks the ball during their Rugby World Cup Pool C match against of the U.S. at Wellington Regional Stadium in Wellington September 23, 2011. REUTERS/Anthony Phelps

2011 Rugby World Cup

Australia Wallabies' Rocky Elsom bleeds during the first half of their Rugby World Cup Pool C match against the U.S. at Wellington Regional Stadium in Wellington September 23, 2011. REUTERS/Anthony Phelps

2011 Rugby World Cup

England's Chris Ashton scores a try during their Rugby World Cup Pool B match against Romania at Otago Stadium in Dunedin September 24, 2011. REUTERS/Brandon Malone

2011 Rugby World Cup

England's Mark Cueto scores a try during their Rugby World Cup Pool B match against Romania at Otago Stadium in Dunedin September 24, 2011. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

2011 Rugby World Cup

Romania (L) and England players contest a scrum during their Rugby World Cup Pool B match at Otago Stadium in Dunedin September 24, 2011. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

2011 Rugby World Cup

England captain Lewis Moody looks out from a scrum during their Rugby World Cup Pool B match against Romania at Otago Stadium in Dunedin September 24, 2011. REUTERS/Brandon Malone

2011 Rugby World Cup

New Zealand All Blacks players perform the Haka as France players watch before the start of their Rugby World Cup Pool A match at Eden Park in Auckland September 24, 2011. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

2011 Rugby World Cup

France's Pascal Pape (bottom L) and Julien Bonnaire (R) contest a high ball with New Zealand All Blacks' Richard Kahui (top L) and Adam Thomson (2nd R) during their Rugby World Cup Pool A match at Eden Park in Auckland September 24, 2011. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

2011 Rugby World Cup

New Zealand All Blacks' Conrad Smith (R) tackles France's Aurelien Rougerie during their Rugby World Cup Pool A match at Eden Park in Auckland September 24, 2011. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

2011 Rugby World Cup

Former New Zealand All Blacks captain Jock Hobbs places a 100th test cap on All Blacks captain Richie McCaw (L) after their Rugby World Cup Pool A match against France at Eden Park in Auckland September 24, 2011. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

2011 Rugby World Cup

Samoa's Eliota Fuimaono Sapolu (L) moves in to tackle Fiji's Albert James Vulivuli during their Rugby World Cup Pool D match at Eden Park in Auckland September 25, 2011. REUTERS/Nigel Marple

2011 Rugby World Cup

Argentina captain Felipe Contepomi runs back to his half after kicking a penalty during their Rugby World Cup Pool B match against Scotland at Wellington Regional Stadium in Wellington September 25, 2011. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

2011 Rugby World Cup

Namibia's Eugene Jantjies (L) and Chrysander Botha (R) tackle Wales captain Sam Warburton during their Rugby World Cup Pool D match at Stadium Taranaki in New Plymouth September 26, 2011. REUTERS/Nigel Marple

2011 Rugby World Cup

Japan's Toshizumi Kitagawa (top) takes a high ball during their Rugby World Cup Pool A match against Canada at McLean Park in Napier September 27, 2011. REUTERS/Anthony Phelps

2011 Rugby World Cup

Blaine Scully (22) of the U.S. and Italy's Paul Derbyshire battle for a high ball during their Rugby World Cup Pool C match at Trafalgar Park in Nelson September 27, 2011. REUTERS/Brandon Malone

2011 Rugby World Cup

Australia Wallabies' Drew Mitchell (L) messes around with Luke Burgess' hair during their Captain's run in Nelson September 30, 2011. The Wallabies will play against Russia in their Rugby World Cup Pool C match in Nelson on Saturday. REUTERS/Brandon Malone

2011 Rugby World Cup

South Africa Springboks' Bryan Habana scores a try during their Rugby World Cup Pool D match against Samoa at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland September 30, 2011. REUTERS/Nigel Marple

2011 Rugby World Cup

South Africa Springboks' Fourie Du Preez (2nd R) attempts to kick the ball from the grasp of Samoa's Kahn Fotuali'i (on ground) during their Rugby World Cup Pool D match at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland September 30, 2011. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

2011 Rugby World Cup

Australia Wallabies' Scott Higginbotham wins a line out during their Rugby World Cup Pool C match against Russia at Trafalgar Park in Nelson October 1, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

2011 Rugby World Cup

A traditional Maori performer greets Tonga's Thomas Palu (R) as he walks onto the field before their Rugby World Cup Pool A match against France at Wellington Regional Stadium in Wellington October 1, 2011. REUTERS/Anthony Phelps

2011 Rugby World Cup

Tonga's Taniela Moa (R) shakes off a tackle by France's Morgan Parra during their Rugby World Cup Pool A match at Wellington Regional Stadium in Wellington October 1, 2011. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

2011 Rugby World Cup

England's captain Lewis Moody (R) attempts to tackle Scotland's Sean Lamont during their Rugby World Cup Pool B match at Eden Park in Auckland October 1, 2011. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

2011 Rugby World Cup

Scotland's Joe Ansbro (bottom) and John Barclay tackle England's Jonny Wilkinson during their Rugby World Cup Pool B match at Eden Park in Auckland October 1, 2011. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

2011 Rugby World Cup

England's Chris Ashton scores a try during their Rugby World Cup Pool B match against Scotland at Eden Park in Auckland October 1, 2011. REUTERS/Nigel Marple

2011 Rugby World Cup

England players celebrate after Chris Ashton scored a try during their Rugby World Cup Pool B match against Scotland at Eden Park in Auckland October 1, 2011. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

2011 Rugby World Cup

Canada supporters pose for a picture before their Rugby World Cup Pool A match against New Zealand All Blacks at Wellington Regional Stadium in Wellington October 2, 2011. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

2011 Rugby World Cup

Fiji's Leone Nakarawa (L) tips Wales' George North (C) upside down in a ruck during their Rugby World Cup Pool D match at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton October 2, 2011. REUTERS/Nigel Marple

2011 Rugby World Cup

Fiji's Mala Ravulo (2nd L) and Seremaia Bai (R) battle for a high ball with Wales captain Sam Warburton during their Rugby World Cup Pool D match at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton October 2, 2011. REUTERS/Nigel Marple (NEW ZEALAND - Tags: SPORT RUGBY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

2011 Rugby World Cup

Ireland's Keith Earls scores a try during their Rugby World Cup Pool C match against Italy at Otago Stadium in Dunedin October 2, 2011. REUTERS/Brandon Malone

2011 Rugby World Cup

Wales' Toby Faletau (C) tackles Ireland's Tommy Bowe during their Rugby World Cup quarter-final match at Wellington Regional Stadium October 8, 2011. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

2011 Rugby World Cup

Wales' Luke Charteris (L) and captain Sam Warburton tackle Ireland's Stephen Ferris (C) during their Rugby World Cup quarter-final match at Wellington Regional Stadium October 8, 2011. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

2011 Rugby World Cup

Ireland's Tommy Bowe (R) fails to prevent Wales' Mike Phillips from scoring a try during their Rugby World Cup quarter-final match at Wellington Regional Stadium October 8, 2011. REUTERS/Anthony Phelps

2011 Rugby World Cup

Wales players celebrate after winning their Rugby World Cup quarter-final match against Ireland at Wellington Regional Stadium October 8, 2011. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

2011 Rugby World Cup

An England supporter pose for a picture before their Rugby World Cup quarter-final match against France at Eden Park in Auckland October 8, 2011. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

2011 Rugby World Cup

France's Vincent Clerc reacts after scoring a try during their Rugby World Cup quarter-final match against England at Eden Park in Auckland October 8, 2011. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

2011 Rugby World Cup

England's Tom Palmer (R) and France's David Marty fight for a ball during their Rugby World Cup quarter-final match at Eden Park in Auckland October 8, 2011. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

2011 Rugby World Cup

South Africa Springboks' Victor Matfield wins a line out over Australia Wallabies' Dan Vickerman (R) during their Rugby World Cup quarter-final match at Wellington Regional Stadium October 9, 2011. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

2011 Rugby World Cup

Australia Wallabies captain James Horwill scores a try during their Rugby World Cup quarter-final match against South Africa Springboks at Wellington Regional Stadium October 9, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

2011 Rugby World Cup

South Africa Springboks' Schalk Burger leaves the field during their Rugby World Cup quarter-final match against Australia Wallabies at Wellington Regional Stadium October 9, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

2011 Rugby World Cup

Australia Wallabies' Kurtley Beale (L) and South Africa Springboks' JP Pietersen battle for control of a high ball during their Rugby World Cup quarter-final match at Wellington Regional Stadium October 9, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

2011 Rugby World Cup

Australia Wallabies' Adam Ashley-Cooper (R) attempts to tackle South Africa Springboks' Jean de Villiers during their Rugby World Cup quarter-final match at Wellington Regional Stadium October 9, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

2011 Rugby World Cup

Australia Wallabies captain James Horwill (C) celebrates after winning their Rugby World Cup quarter-final match against South Africa Springboks at Wellington Regional Stadium October 9, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

2011 Rugby World Cup

South Africa Springboks captain John Smit (L) reacts as he walks past Australia Wallabies captain James Horwill after their Rugby World Cup quarter-final match at Wellington Regional Stadium October 9, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

2011 Rugby World Cup

New Zealand All Blacks' Piri Weepu (standing) leads his teammates as they perform the Haka before their Rugby World Cup quarter-final match against Argentina at Eden Park in Auckland October 9, 2011. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

2011 Rugby World Cup

Argentina's Julio Farias Cabello (R) celebrates with teammates after scoring a try during their Rugby World Cup quarter-final match against New Zealand All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland October 9, 2011. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

2011 Rugby World Cup

Argentina captain Felipe Contepomi (L) fails to tackle New Zealand All Blacks' Ma'a Nonu during their Rugby World Cup quarter-final match at Eden Park in Auckland October 9, 2011. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

2011 Rugby World Cup

New Zealand All Blacks' Kieran Read scores a try during their Rugby World Cup quarter-final match against Argentina at Eden Park in Auckland October 9, 2011. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

2011 Rugby World Cup

Players clash after an illegal tackle by Wales captain Sam Warburton on France's Vincent Clerc during their Rugby World Cup semi-final match at Eden Park in Auckland October 15, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

2011 Rugby World Cup

Wales' Alun Wyn Jones tries to move the ball out of the ruck during their Rugby World Cup semi-final match against France at Eden Park in Auckland October 15, 2011. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

2011 Rugby World Cup

Wales captain Sam Warburton (7) makes an illegal on France's Vincent Clerc during their Rugby World Cup semi-final match at Eden Park in Auckland October 15, 2011. Warburton was sent off for the tackle. REUTERS/Nigel Marple

2011 Rugby World Cup

Wales' James Hook kicks past the attempted block of France's Dimitri Yachvili (R) during their Rugby World Cup semi-final match at Eden Park in Auckland October 15, 2011. REUTERS/Nigel Marple

2011 Rugby World Cup

Wales' Mike Phillips scores a try during their Rugby World Cup semi-final match against France at Eden Park in Auckland October 15, 2011. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

2011 Rugby World Cup

France's Morgan Parra gets caught at the bottom of a ruck during their Rugby World Cup semi-final match against Wales at Eden Park in Auckland October 15, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

2011 Rugby World Cup

Wales' Leigh Halfpenny reacts after missing a penalty goal attempt during their Rugby World Cup semi-final match against France at Eden Park in Auckland October 15, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

2011 Rugby World Cup

New Zealand All Blacks' Ma'a Nonu (R) shakes off a tackle by Australia Wallabies' Adam Ashley-Cooper during their Rugby World Cup semi-final match at Eden Park in Auckland October 16, 2011. REUTERS/Anthony Phelps

2011 Rugby World Cup

New Zealand All Blacks captain Richie McCaw (bottom) tackles Australia Wallabies' Anthony Faingaa during their Rugby World Cup semi-final match at Eden Park in Auckland October 16, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

2011 Rugby World Cup

New Zealand All Blacks' Cory Jane (C) takes a high ball from Australia Wallabies' David Pocock (L) and Digby Ioane during their Rugby World Cup semi-final match at Eden Park in Auckland October 16, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

2011 Rugby World Cup

New Zealand All Blacks' Jerome Kaino (L) tackles Australia Wallabies' Digby Ioane during their Rugby World Cup semi-final match at Eden Park in Auckland October 16, 2011. REUTERS/Anthony Phelps

2011 Rugby World Cup

Australia Wallabies and New Zealand All Blacks players contest a scrum during their Rugby World Cup semi-final match at Eden Park in Auckland October 16, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

2011 Rugby World Cup

Australia Wallabies' Rocky Elsom (top) forces New Zealand All Blacks' Conrad Smith to the ground during their Rugby World Cup semi-final match at Eden Park in Auckland October 16, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

2011 Rugby World Cup

Australia Wallabies' Scott Higginbotham (L) fends off Wales' Jonathan Davies during their Rugby World Cup third place play-off match at Eden Park in Auckland October 21, 2011. REUTERS/Nigel Marple

2011 Rugby World Cup

Australia Wallabies' Robert Horne (L) and Berrick Barnes tackle Wales' Shane Williams during their Rugby World Cup third place play-off match at Eden Park in Auckland October 21, 2011. REUTERS/Nigel Marple

2011 Rugby World Cup

New Zealand All Blacks' fans cheer outside the stadium before their Rugby World Cup final match against France at Eden Park in Auckland October 23, 2011. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

2011 Rugby World Cup

France supporters pose for a photo before the start of their Rugby World Cup final match against New Zealand All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland October 23, 2011. REUTERS/Anthony Phelps

2011 Rugby World Cup

New Zealand All Blacks' Piri Weepu (standing) leads as his team perform the Haka while France players look on before their Rugby World Cup final match at Eden Park in Auckland October 23, 2011. REUTERS/Anthony Phelps

2011 Rugby World Cup

New Zealand All Blacks' Piri Weepu moves the ball out from a ruck during their Rugby World Cup final match against France at Eden Park in Auckland October 23, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

2011 Rugby World Cup

New Zealand All Blacks' Tony Woodcock scores a try during their Rugby World Cup final match against France at Eden Park in Auckland October 23, 2011. REUTERS/Anthony Phelps

2011 Rugby World Cup

France's Vincent Clerc (L) and New Zealand All Blacks' Richard Kahui collide as they fight for a high ball during their Rugby World Cup final match at Eden Park in Auckland October 23, 2011. REUTERS/Nigel Marple

2011 Rugby World Cup

France captain Thierry Dusautoir (R) scores a try against New Zealand All Blacks during their Rugby World Cup final match at Eden Park in Auckland October 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

2011 Rugby World Cup

New Zealand All Blacks captain Richie McCaw reacts during their Rugby World Cup final match against France at Eden Park in Auckland October 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

2011 Rugby World Cup

New Zealand All Blacks captain Richie McCaw tackles France's Alexis Palisson (front) during their Rugby World Cup final match at Eden Park in Auckland October 23, 2011. REUTERS/Anthony Phelps

2011 Rugby World Cup

France (L) and New Zealand All Blacks forwards contest a scrum during their Rugby World Cup final match at Eden Park in Auckland October 23, 2011. REUTERS/Nigel Marple

2011 Rugby World Cup

New Zealand All Blacks' players (in black) celebrate after beating France in their Rugby World Cup final match at Eden Park in Auckland October 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

2011 Rugby World Cup

New Zealand All Blacks' Brad Thorn reacts after they beat France to win the Rugby World Cup final at Eden Park in Auckland October 23, 2011. REUTERS/Anthony Phelps

2011 Rugby World Cup

France's Imanol Harinordoquy reacts after losing the Rugby World Cup final to New Zealand All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland October 23, 2011. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

2011 Rugby World Cup

France players react after losing the Rugby World Cup final against New Zealand All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland October 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

2011 Rugby World Cup

New Zealand All Blacks coach Graham Henry (R) greets his players after they beat France to win the Rugby World Cup final at Eden Park in Auckland October 23, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

2011 Rugby World Cup

New Zealand All Blacks' Brad Thorn (L) celebrates with captain Richie McCaw after they beat France to win the Rugby World Cup final at Eden Park in Auckland October 23, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

2011 Rugby World Cup

New Zealand All Blacks captain Richie McCaw (C) holds up the Webb Ellis Cup after beating France to win the Rugby World Cup final match at Eden Park in Auckland October 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

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