The Greatest Stage: Final Round

As the curtain closes on a fantastic Tournament, we provide a recap of the best #WeDealInReal moments

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Rugby World Cup 2015 ended as it started, with a blaze of fireworks closing the curtain on a fantastic Tournament as New Zealand lifted the Webb Ellis Cup after the most entertaining Final ever. 

From Japan’s stunning win over South Africa to Argentina’s free-running heroics and Australia’s staunch defence, the Tournament has been a feast of closely-fought rugby matches, all exhibiting the values at the core of the game. Now the Tournament is over, it’s time for grassroots to take centre stage.

Rugby World Cup 2015 showcased the values present at every level of the game

Performances of the week

New Zealand showed on Saturday afternoon why they have been Tournament favourites throughout and world number one for 10 of the last 12 years. From start to finish, they each gave a performance brimming with desire, integrity, passion and skill, and they became worthy winners of the Webb Ellis Cup. Dan Carter, on his final appearance for New Zealand, drew his international career to a close with a typically masterful performance, inspiring youngsters around the world with 12 tackles, two turnovers and 19 points, including the wonderful drop goal that halted the Australian charge. Coach Steve Hansen was fulsome in his praise of skipper McCaw and fly-half Carter, playing together for the last time:

I think Richie’s the greatest All Black we’ve ever had and Dan’s a close second

New Zealand Coach Steve Hansen

Australia reached the Final on the back of some truly remarkable defensive efforts, showing grit and resilience to never give up. This work ethic followed them into the Final, as David Pocock, a worthy player of the Tournament, put in 11 tackles and forced three turnovers, as well as scoring a crucial try. It is a huge credit to Australia that even at 16-3 down at half time, they never stopped believing, managing at one stage to haul themselves back to 21-17. Both sides epitomised the values that run throughout all levels of rugby.

To do it when it counts, in a World Cup Final, that shows the calibre of the men we’ve got

New Zealand hero Dan Carter

Socks

As part of Land Rover’s #WeDealInReal campaign to celebrate grassroots rugby, we asked players and clubs throughout the UK to wear their socks to work or school on Friday 30th October, the day before the Rugby World Cup Final. Clubs were competing to win coaching from a current UK international player, and this inspired them to send in some great photos.

Mascot Programme

Throughout the tournament, 96 children from around the world will run out with the teams, wearing their club's socks and enjoying the chance of a lifetime to meet their rugby heroes. See the mascots below.

Words: James Foot