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New Zealand

BEN SMITH: Received a yellow card in the second-half, which Australia capitalised on, but New Zealand had enough in the tank. 6/10.

NEHE MILNER SKUDDER: Scored a first-half try - his sixth of the tournament - as he confirmed himself as a world star. 8

CONRAD SMITH: Went off at half-time, but he steps down from New Zealand international rugby as a double World Cup winner. 7

MA'A MONU: Scored a brilliant second-half solo try that took New Zealand clear on the scoreboard. An immense contribution. 8

JULIAN SAVEA: Had few chances in attack, but he had already made his World Cup mark with eight tournament tries. 7

DAN CARTER: His first World Cup final at the fourth attempt in his 112th and final game for New Zealand produced a dream finale, as he scored 19 points. 9

AARON SMITH: One of New Zealand's unsung heroes, he remained impressively-consisten to the end. 7

JOE MOODY: Came into the team as an injury replacement for Wyatt Crockett, but stepped up to the task manfully. 7

DANE COLES: Confirmed himself as the world's finest hooker through a succession of outstanding displays that culminated in an impressive display in the final. 8

OWEN FRANKS: Did his job impressively and without fuss as New Zealand retained the Webb Ellis Cup. 7

BRODIE RETALLICK: One of the finest second-rows in world rugby, he was a master of consistency. 7

SAM WHITELOCK: One of New Zealand's seven survivors from the victorious 2011 final in Auckland, he once again stepped up to the plate. 7

JEROME KAINO: A model of consistency throughout the competition, he rarely had a bad moment. 7

RICHIE McCAW: New Zealand's Captain Marvel became the first player in rugby union history to lead his country to successive World Cup triumphs. 8

KIERAN READ: Suffered a foot injury early on, but was outstanding in the second period. 7

Replacements:

Sonny Bill Williams: Went for Conrad Smith at half-time, and once again he delivered. 7

Charlie Faumuina: Replaced Owen Franks midway trough the third quarter. 7

Ben Franks: Took over from Moody on the hour-mark. 7

Keven Mealamu: Appeared for his final All Blacks game before retirement, replacing Coles. 7

Tawera Kerr-Barlow: Took over from Aaron Smith nine minutes from time. 7

Victor Vito: Replaced Kaino as the clock ticked down. 7

Beauden Barrett: Scored the clinching try after making a 64th-minute appearance. 8

Australia

ISRAEL FOLAU: Without equal in the air due to his height and athleticism and this was another impressive showing from the gifted full-back. 7

ADAM ASHLEY-COOPER: An intelligent player who always takes the right option. Moved to outside centre and did not miss a beat. 6

TEVITA KURIDRANI: Put Australia within touching distance of victory with a well taken try that took some finishing. 7

MATT GITEAU: Final World Cup appearance was ended by concussion in the first half. Has been outstanding throughout England 2015. 6

DREW MITCHELL: A strong afternoon full of purposeful running and a fine clearance was interrupted by a head injury assessment. 7

BERNARD FOLEY: One of his quieter games but still ran Australia's backline with calm efficiency. Kicked all his goals. 7

WILL GENIA: Showed his vision for Kuridrani's try by looking up, seeing there was space and chipping ahead for an important score. 8

SCOTT SIO: Recovered from an elbow injury to take his place in Australia's front row, but this was a step backwards for the scrum. 6

STEPHEN MOORE: The Wallabies captain was bloodied early in the game and produced one barrelling run through midfield. 6

SEKOPE KEPU: The tighthead appeared to have taken a disliking to Dan Carter, hitting him late and then high. 6

KANE DOUGLAS: The lock's afternoon failed to last the first quarter as he limped off through injury, but he had worked hard until that point. 6

ROB SIMMONS: A big shift from the second row but Australia's wobbly line-out will make for uncomfortable repeat viewing. 6

SCOTT FARDY: The unsung hero of Australia's back row gave it everything by tackling and carrying with boundless energy. 7

MICHAEL HOOPER: Puts his head in dangerous places and this was another brave shift from the openside. 7

DAVID POCOCK: Not as influential as in previous matches but still a force in a titanic showdown at Twickenham. 7

Replacements:

Tatafu Polata-Nau: Threw himself into everything. 6

James Slipper: Hit the rucks and desperate to make an impact. 6

Greg Holmes: Had little chance to shine in the final. 6

Dean Mumm: Energetic and dynamic. 6

Ben McCalman: Knocked on at a key point. 5

Nick Phipps: Late arrival and made little difference. 5

Matt Toomua: Made only a fleeting appearance. 5

Kurtley Beale: Gave everything in Australia's fightback. 8

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