Dan Carter and the New Zealand All Blacks reigned supreme at Twickenham, beating Australia 34 - 17 to become World Champions.

The All Blacks were simply too good for the Australians. Credit: ITV Sport

Sporting history was made as the All Blacks became the first side to successfully defend the title.

Tries in each half by wing Nehe Milner-Skudder and centre Ma'a Nonu, followed by a late Beauden Barrett breakaway score, plus 19 points from All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter - including an important late drop-goal - in his 112th and final Test before joining French club Racing Metro 92, saw New Zealand home 34-17.

New Zealand's Ma'a Nonu scores his side's second try. Credit: PA

It extended their record World Cup winning run to 14 Tests, and means the Webb Ellis Cup will remain New Zealand's property as they claimed a third world crown since the competition began 28 years ago.