France captain Thierry Dusautoir was named the International Rugby Board player of the year after leading his team to the World Cup final.
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.
The following is a roundup of stories from the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
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 rugby union selectors named the following team for the All Blacks’ fourth Rugby World Cup match against Canada on Oct. 2 in Wellington:
Ireland beat Italy 36-6 to reach the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals as a pool winner and join Argentina and Wales in completing the last-eight lineup at the 20-nation tournament in New Zealand.
Rugby World Cup favorite New Zealand made nine changes to play Tonga in the tournament’s opening match in two days, retaining only two of the seven backs who started last month’s loss to Australia.