Sonny Bill Williams offloads to Ma’a Nonu, who shredded the Australia defence to score New Zealand’s second try of the final. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

New Zealand 34 Australia 17 So sometimes sport leaves no room for argument and does do perfect finales after all. The best team of the last fou(...)

  New Zealand duo Daniel Carter and Richie McCaw chat during the Rugby World Cup final against Australia at Twickenham. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

In the end it was all about McCaw and Carter. Never again will we see their likes. Certainly not at the same time. Before Carter grabbed hold of this (...)

Australia coach Michael Cheika and assistant coach Mario Ledesma hold notes during a captain’s run training session at Twickenham on the eve of the 2015 World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand. Photo: Gabriel Bouys/Getty Images

Australian tactics on how to get the better of New Zealand in tomorrow’s Rugby World Cup final have been accidentally revealed by Micahel Cheika at hi(...)

Argentina’s Guido Petti Pagadizábal tries to hold up   Australia’s   flankers David Pocock (left) and Michael Hooper  in last week’s Rugby World Cup  semi-final  at Twickenham. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP

Historically, when a man touched your ball at the base of a ruck he was met with outright violence. This was accepted by the errant openside. Evidence(...)

Australia’s Adam Ashley Cooper, Scott Fardy, Scott Sio, Israel Folau and Michael Hooper after the press conference at The Lensbury Hotel, Teddington, Middlesex. Photograph: Henry Browne/Livepic/Reuters

You would have had some odds on the Sydney Opera House being lit up in green and yellow on World Cup final night when Michael Cheika assumed command o(...)

Australia’s Adam Ashley Cooper, Scott Fardy, Scott Sio, Israel Folau and Michael Hooper after the press conference. Photograph: Henry Browne/Reuters

Michael Cheika insists Australia have ignored messages of goodwill hailing their passage into the World Cup final as they refuse to target anything ot(...)

Australia’s prop Scott Sio runs with team-mates during a team training session in Teddington, west London. Photograph: Getty Images

Scott Sio has overcome injury and returns to the Australia side in time for the Rugby World Cup final against New Zealand at Twickenham. The prop r(...)

Dan Carter is the complete player. His tactical kicking, his passing, his defending were all on the money against South Africa at Twickenham. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

On the evidence of the past fortnight New Zealand would beat Australia by 20 points if Saturday’s game was anything other than a World Cup final. Ever(...)

Prop Scott Sio is set to return to Australia’s starting line-up for Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final against New Zealand. Photograph: Getty

Scott Sio, such an integral part of the revitalised Australian scrum under the tutelage of Mario Ledesma over the last 12 months, returned to training(...)

 A bloodied Scott Fardy of Australia feels the pressure during the World Cup semi-final against  Argentina at Twickenham. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

This memorable World Cup will have the final it deserves – New Zealand v Australia. The two most complete sides, the last two unbeaten sides and simpl(...)