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Rugby World Cup 2011

New Zealand was a selfish host as the All Blacks won the Rugby World Cup in their own land, beating France in a low-scoring but tense final. Passionate fans animated the proceedings throughout the tournament, which saw 20 teams vie for the Web Ellis Cup. New Zealand won its second World Cup, triumphing again after winning the first World Cup in 1987. ( 33 photos total)

Fans wear their colors at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. (AFP/Getty Images) (Getty Images) (AP) (Reuters)

A mountain rises behind Stadium Taranaki at the match between Wales and Namibia on September 26, 2011 in New Plymouth. (Mike Hewitt/Getty Images) #

England (left) and Georgia battle for the ball during their match at the Otago stadium in Dunedin on September 18, 2011. (Natacha Pisarenko/AP) #

Adam Kleeberger of Canada receives medical attention after a heavy collision with Tony Woodcock of the All Blacks during their match at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Wellington. (Phil Walter/Getty Images) #

A Maori Warrior issues a challenge prior to kickoff during the match between New Zealand and Canada at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Wellington. (Mike Hewitt/Getty Images) #

New Zealand All Blacks' Ma'a Nonu dives across the line to score a try during their match against Japan at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton on September 16, 2011. (Ross Land/AP) #

Australia's Will Genia (center) fights for the ball during their match against Ireland at Eden Park in Auckland on September 17, 2011. (Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images) #

Pascal Pape of France wins the ball under pressure from Adam Kleeberger of Canada during their match at McLean Park on September 18, 2011 in Napier. (Stu Forster/Getty Images) #

England's Chris Ashton is airborne as he scores a try during their match against Georgia at the Otago Stadium in Dunedin on September 18, 2011. (Brett Phibbs/New Zealand Herald/AP) #

Shontayne Hape of England goes over to score his second try during their match against Georgia at Otago Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Dunedin. (Mark Kolbe/Getty Images) #

Men in traditional clothing ride on walking-replacement machines after the re-enactment of the first rugby match ever played in New Zealand in Nelson, September 20, 2011. The celebration re-enacts the original rugby match played between Nelson College and Nelson Rugby Club in Nelson on May 14, 1870. (Marcos Brindicci/Reuters) #

Children at Scots College School in Wellington do the haka for team members from Scotland during a visit for the 2011 Rugby World Cup on September 22, 2011. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images) #

A sheep called Sonny Wool uses his 'psychic ability' as he goes towards the New Zealand flag to predict the outcome of the All Blacks' game against France in Wellington on September 23, 2011. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images) #

Naked rugby players from the Nude Blacks huddle before their match against Spanish team Las Conquistadoras ahead of the Rugby World Cup match between England and Argentina in Dunedin on September 10, 2011. (Stefan Wermuth/Reuters) #

England's Lewis Moody looks at the ball during play at their match against Romania at Otago Stadium in Dunedin on September 24, 2011. (Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images) #

Vereniki Goneva of Fiji and Seilala Mapusua of Samoa go up for a high ball during their match at Eden Park on September 25, 2011 in Auckland. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images) #

Flags of different nations are displayed on a house during the Rugby World Cup on September 27, 2011 in Whanganui. (Mike Hewitt/Getty Images) #

Georgia fans celebrate during their match against Romania at Arena Manawatu on September 28, 2011 in Palmerston North. (Stu Forster/Getty Images) #

Australia's Quade Cooper lies on the ground with the ball during their match against Russia at Trafalgar Park in Nelson on October 1, 2011. (Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images) #

France's Jean Baptiste Poux is escorted off the field to the blood bin during their game against Tonga in Wellington on October 1, 2011. (Junji Kurokawa/AP) #

Italy's Andrea Masi (bottom) vies with Ireland's Gordon D'Arcy during their match at the Otago Stadium in Dunedin on October 2, 2011. (Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images) #

France's Nicolas Mas (left) prepares to pack down against England's Matt Stevens for a scrum during their quarterfinal match in Auckland on October 8. 2011. (Ross Land/AP) #

Argentina's Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino (left) and New Zealand's Conrad Smith compete for the ball during their quarterfinal match in Auckland on October 9, 2011. (Natacha Pisarenko/AP) #

A Maori performer takes part in the ceremony before the quarterfinal match between France and England at Eden Park in Auckland on October 8, 2011. (Frank Fife/AFP/Getty Images) #

The All Blacks perform their pre-match haka during the semifinal between New Zealand and Australia at Eden Park on October 16, 2011 in Auckland. (Alex Livesey/Getty Images) #

Wales' Alun Wyn Jones falls during an attempt to win the ball at the semifinal against France at Eden Park in Auckland on October 15, 2011. (Alastair Grant/AP) #

New Zealand's Ma'a Nonu scores a try as Australia's Anthony Faingaa arrives late for the tackle during their semifinal at Eden Park in Auckland on October 16, 2011. (Ross Land/AP) #

France fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the final match between France and New Zealand at Eden Park on October 23, 2011 in Auckland. (Mike Hewitt/Getty Images) #

New Zealand's Israel Dagg (left) and France's Damien Traille vie during the final match between New Zealand and France at Eden Park Stadium in Auckland on October 23, 2011. (Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images) #

New Zealand's Brad Thorn peeks through French players during the final match at Eden Park Stadium in Auckland on October 23, 2011. (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images) #

New Zealand's Jerome Kaino helps up France's Imanol Harinordoquy as his teammates celebrate after their Rugby World Cup final win at Eden Park in Auckland on October 23, 2011. (Natacha Pisarenko/AP) #

Pyrotechnics light up the sky over Eden Park at the end of the Rugby World Cup final in Auckland on October 23, 2011. (Natacha Pisarenko/AP) #

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw (left) and coach Graham Henry hold up the Web Ellis Cup during the Rugby World Cup 2011 victory parade in Auckland on October 24, 2011. Hundreds of thousands of jubilant New Zealanders packed central Auckland for the All Blacks victory parade October 24, celebrating their "ultimate achievement" in winning the Rugby World Cup. (Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images) #


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Not a single shot of South Africa? The previous World Cup Champions?

Posted by Greg Dyke October 26, 11 02:29 PM
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In picture 23, the Argentine player is called Santiago Fernandez. You've got the name of another player. Very nice fotos BTW

Posted by Brian Howlin October 26, 11 02:37 PM
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Yeah! Seriously...not a single pic of South Africa? They were the previous world cup champs, they got into the quarterfinals, they're in the top 4 teams in the world and not a single picture? Yet you have pics of nude blacks and sheep? Even showing their devastation after being knocked out would have made killer pics...disappointed!

Posted by MD October 26, 11 03:03 PM
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If the Eagles are EVER going to compete on the Big Stage we have got to figure out a way to fund and support the team on a continuing regular basis. We just can not continue to develop our national program at the club level.

Posted by Ray Dell October 26, 11 03:22 PM
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#31 sums up rugby for me: gracious in victory. You wouldn't see this in football (soccer).

Posted by Richard October 27, 11 10:22 PM
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Congratulations to New Zealand, both for winning the Cup and their fantastic hosting of the tournament. Amazing to see a whole country behind one event. A truely wonderful experience that my children and l will never forget. Thank you very much for having us.

Posted by Daniel Stevens October 31, 11 07:59 PM
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