October 23rd, 2011
06:25 AM ET

All Blacks edge France to claim Rugby World Cup

Hosts New Zealand edged out France 8-7 in a nailbiting finish to the Rugby World Cup final in Auckland Sunday to win the William Webb Ellis trophy for the second time.

It was a repeat of their success in the inaugural competition on their home soil in 1987, but it was far from the easy victory that many had predicted.

Watched by a capacity 61,000 in the Eden Park Stadium, and with the hopes of a rugby-mad nation on their shoulders, the All Blacks led 5-0 at halftime thanks to a try from prop Tony Woodcock.


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  1. banasy©


    October 23, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    I'll be Elmora Pidd..Elmo for short...

    October 23, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    It wasn't racist at all until somebody tried to take the name of the team and turn it into something it isn't...

    October 23, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      There will always be racism in the world, especially when someone has lost. There are racists everywhere, since governments give in to anyone who claims such a thing has happened to them. Means votes to most politicos. Everyone is a racist at heart, whether they want to belive it or not. Black, white, yellow no matter what color. Unfortunately the white race has always been stigmatized with being RACIST. Everyone on earth is. UNFORTUNATELY FOR ALL OF US.

      October 23, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @bob: speak for yourself

      October 23, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Donna B. has a good memory. It's like my remembering what she keeps in her basement.
    chrissy told me that she had children (on the board). Could that have been a troll?

    October 23, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat2u


    Well, you know there always has to be one in the crowd who think they are being cute.

    October 23, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat2u

    Hello Elmo

    October 23, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    @you guys:
    Chrissy *does* have children.
    Two daughters and a son.
    There are people on the board who have good memories also; they tend to use them for a different purpose, however.

    October 23, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. fernace

    Hey y'all in 75' I knew a girl named Gay Dikes! This is a true story & it's the most unusual name, Except my teacher Stanley Standlee & his best friend David David! I kid y'all not! My dads belongs with the Valhalla elite, though:Rune Viking! You can't get more Viking than that!!

    October 23, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat2u

    That's pretty cool fernace.

    October 23, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    That is, fernace!
    I once knew a Peter Creamer. The Third.

    October 23, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bigwilliestyles

    I think the reason that the blog poster referred to the team by their name 'All-Blacks is was to develop a race tinged blog conversation, which usually leads to lots of posts. By the way, what was France's team's name?

    October 23, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©


    They're called the
    French national rugby union team.

    October 23, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bigwilliestyles

    @ bob: what you posted is not true. While there are racists every where, everyone is not racist. Some people refuse to define other people by skin color, national origin, etc. I am one of these. Chaney, Goodman and Shwerner were also. It is this type of human who has reduced racisms footprint and allowed for the progress of humans as a whole.

    October 23, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    A black priest stuck his finger deep in side my butt hole one time when I was an alterboy,I remeber it well ,he was very gentle ,and smelled like chicken.

    October 24, 2011 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  15. Clive Ashworth

    All Black done good job in New Zealand edged out France 8-7 in a nailbiting finish to the Rugby World Cup final to win for the second time.

    November 1, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
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