New Zealand beat France 8-7 in the closest-ever Rugby World Cup final, ending a run of five failures at the championship of its national sport.
New Zealand named an unchanged starting lineup to face France in the Oct. 23 Rugby World Cup final in Auckland as it seeks to end a 24-year title drought.
Australia will give Kurtley Beale “until the final moment” to overcome a hamstring injury and take his place in an unchanged team in the Rugby World Cup semifinal against New Zealand in two days.
New Zealand selectors named the following team to play Australia in the Oct. 16 Rugby World Cup semifinal at Eden Park, Auckland:
New Zealand and Australia advanced to a Rugby World Cup semifinal meeting, setting up a repeat of the final-four lineup at the first tournament 24 years ago.
New Zealand beat Argentina 33-10 to advance to Rugby World Cup semifinals for the sixth time in seven editions.
The following is a roundup of stories from the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
New Zealand rugby union selectors named the following team for the All Blacks’ fourth Rugby World Cup match against Canada on Oct. 2 in Wellington:
New Zealand omitted wingers Sitiveni Sivivatu and Hosea Gear as selectors picked the most experienced All Blacks squad to try and win the Rugby World Cup on home soil starting next month.
"For me, this game is pretty darn important."
- Brad Thorn on Jul 07, 2011