All Blacks crowned World Cup champions

The All Blacks are 2011 Rugby World Cup winners after beating France 8 - 7. They recreated the 1987...

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The All Blacks are 2011 Rugby World Cup winners after beating France 8 - 7.

They recreated the 1987 World Cup history by beating France just one point at Eden Park in New Zealand on Sunday.

It has been a long 24 year wait for the New Zealand public to once again recognize the All Blacks as World Cup champions.

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw said, "I used to think at some stage something was going to give and this group of 30 had the opportunity to share it."

France captain Thierry Dusautoir said although his side is disappointed, they are happy to have made it to the final.

"It's a real pity. We are really disappointed but I'm very proud of my boys. We lost two games in the pool matches but we made it into the final," he said.

Meanwhile, New Zealand erupted in celebrations after the tense finish to a very entertaining final.

The All Blacks were not at their usual best and it showed because France captain won man of the match.

Both sides missed their kicks and that was very critical.

The match was very physical and the passion showed right from the start with France advancing on the Haka just before kickoff.

Back home, All Blacks enthusiasts are joined in the celebrations.

Celebrations and tears began at Bok Town following New Zealand's win.

French fans were obviously disappointed by their side's narrow loss but New Zealand supporters said they were expecting a landslide victory.

All Blacks fans celebrated with fireworks, face painting, live music and cold beers.

[Audio courtesy of SuperSport]