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The French team advances towards New Zealand. (Getty)
France have been fined for their haka challenge and a player faces eye-gouging accusations.
Stephem Donald. (Getty)
All Blacks coach Graham Henry hailed fourth-string playmaker Stephen Donald as "superb".
Cory Jane and Israel Dagg celebrate. (Getty)
France may have been unlucky in the final but the All Blacks deserved the title, writers say.
Thierry Dusautoir. (AAP)
Flanker Julien Bonnaire said France can hold their heads high after the final.

Special feature: All the colour from New Zealand
Photos: All Blacks world championsNew Zealand have fought off a brave French team to win the Rugby World Cup again after 24 long years.
Wallabies thirdAustralia finished on a high with a bruising third place play-off win over Wales at Eden Park. Welsh WAGAussies were hoping that Leigh Halfpenny's girlfriend, Lucie Jones, would be a distraction.
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Steve HitstirrerAll Blacks the best - finally New Zealand prove they are the world's best, joining Australia and South Africa as two-time winners, writes Steve Hitstirrer. Lance PeateyThe final say was All Black A trip down memory lane as Lance Peatey relives the first ever final in 1987, contested by the same two teams as 2011 title decider. Tim SheridanO'Connor key to Wallabies VIDEO: James O'Connor has turned himself into an irreplaceable cog in the Australian backline and speaks to Tim Sheridan.
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