The Final Preview

New Zealand vs. Australia

It’s finally here. After weeks of fantastic rugby, the final sees two old foes- New Zealand and Australia do battle for the William Webb Ellis Cup. The All Blacks, who start as firm favorites, are aiming to be the first team to ever retain the trophy. Their form since that last World Cup has been nothing short of incredible- losing just three games from fifty-three. However, having being one of the teams to of claimed one of those victories- the Wallabies will be full of belief and know that history can mean nothing when it comes to a game of this magnitude.

 

Teams from the southern hemisphere dominated this year, with the final 4 being SA, Argentina and the two finalists. As for records to be broken- Richie McCaw will extend his record to most test caps (148), while compatriots Ma’a Nonu will start their 62nd test as a center partnership- another record. Dan Carter will be looking to add to his unrivaled points tally in test rugby (1579). Julian Savea is on the brink of scoring the most tries in a single World Cup (9), while Australian Drew Mitchell will equal the record of all time World Cup tries if he goes over today. Both sides will be going for a history making third World Cup trophy.

 

Whatever the outcome, we’re in for a history making game, one that promises to be the best match of the tournament.

 

Teams:

 

New Zealand:

15. Ben Smith

14. Nehe Milner-Skudder

13. Conrad Smith

12. Ma’a Nonu

11. Julian Savea

10. Dan Carter

9. Aaron Smith

8. Kieran Read

7. Richie McCaw (captain)

6. Jerome Kaino

5. Sam Whitelock

4. Brodie Retallick

3. Owen Franks

2. Dane Coles

1. Joe Moody

Replacements: Keven Mealamu, Ben Franks, Charlie Faumuina, Victor Vito, Sam Cane, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Beauden Barrett, Sonny Bill Williams.

 

Australia:

15. Israel Folau

14. Adam Ashley-Cooper

13. Tevita Kuridrani

12. Matt Giteau

11. Drew Mitchell

10. Bernard Foley

9. Will Genia

8. David Pocock

7. Michael Hooper

6. Scott Fardy

5. Rob Simmons

4. Kane Douglas

3. Sekope Kepu

2. Stephen Moore (captain)

1. Scott Sio

Replacements: Tatafu Polota-Nau, James Slipper, Greg Holmes, Dean Mumm, Ben McCalman, Nick Phipps, Matt Toomua, Kurtley Beale.

 

Today is your last chance to bet on the Rugby World Cup, if you haven’t yet, the what are you waiting for? The All Blacks stand as firm favorites at 4/10 as opposed to the Wallabies who currently come in at 22/10. There is a full spread of bets available on our betting index page- including first try scorer and final score prediction amongst others.

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