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Carter leads All Blacks to historic World Cup win

The All Blacks scored three tries to defeat their Southern Hemisphere foes at Twickenham.

Dan Carter led New Zealand to win the 2015 Rugby World Cup for the third time by beating Australia on 31 October, 2015 at Twickenham. Picture: Twitter @AllBlacks.

JOHANNESBURG - New Zealand has beaten Australia 34-17 to win the 2015 Rugby World Cup and defend the title they won on home soil in 2011.

The All Blacks scored three tries to defeat their Southern Hemisphere foes at Twickenham.

In the process the champions have also become the first team to win the Rugby World Cup three times.

New Zealand went into the break leading 16-3, after Dan Carter slotted through 3 penalties and converting Milner-Skudders try.

In he second half the All Blacks dominated, Ma'a Nonu scored, Dan Carter missed the conversion.

Australia were back within 7 after Kuridrani scored and Foley converted.

But with 10 minutes to go Dan Carter scored a penalty, a drop goal and converted Beauden Barrett last minute try to give he All Blacks the win.

Australia (1991 and 1999) and New Zealand (1987 and 2011) have already won the World Cup twice each but this is the first time the two southern hemisphere giants have squared off in the decider.

Visit the Eyewitness News special Rugby World Cup 2015 portal.

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