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Rugby League Test: England 2-9 New Zealand

England (white shirts) huffed and puffed but couldn't score a try. Credit: PA

New Zealand outplayed England at the Olympic Stadium to keep the three-match rugby league Test series alive with an attritional 9-2 victory.

England, who were favourites to secure a series-clinching win after starting with a 26-12 triumph in Hull, defended heroically at times against their more enterprising opponents but were short of ideas in attack.

The Kiwis scored the only try through winger Shaun Kenny-Dowall two minutes into the second half and, although England thought they had drawn level with a try from James Graham controversially disallowed by the video referees, they could have no complaints about the final outcome.

Sonny Bill Williams gets new Rugby World Cup winners medal

Sonny Bill gets his hands on a new winners medal. Credit: World Rugby

Sonny Bill Williams has been presented with a new Rugby World Cup winners medal after he gifted his to a young fan after the final yesterday.

The All Blacks midfielder said he had felt sorry for young fan Charlie Line, who had been tackled by a security guard as he ran onto the pitch at Twickenham, and wanted to make the occasion a "night to remember" for the youth.

But tournament organisers managed to "find a replacement" for two-time World Champion Sonny Bill, 30, and presented him with it at the World Rugby Awards tonight.

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