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New Zealand Wins Rugby World Cup, Beating Australia

Facing their close rival Australia in the finals of the Rugby World Cup, New Zealand's All Blacks are now back-to-back champions, winning 34-17.

In addition to cementing New Zealand's status as the dominant force in rugby today, the historic win makes the All Blacks the first team to win the World Cups — an honor that Australia's Wallabies had been vying for, as well.

Describing the historic win, the New Zealand Herald writes:

"The Wallabies mounted a spirited comeback and made some Kiwi fans fairly nervous with two quick tries halfway through the second half, but the ABs had the quality, fitness and focus to get over the line."

One day before the final, allegations of spying emerged, after images revealing at least part of Australia's game plan were put online, as NPR's Laura Wagner reported last night. The images were apparently taken by a photographer who focused his camera on papers held by an Australian coach, ESPN reported.

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