Beale tipped for huge Australia future

Kurtley Beale has come to embody Michael Cheika's Wallabies revolution and has now been backed to typify Australia's bid for future greatness.

Cheika inherited a mess of in-fighting and back-biting when Ewen McKenzie felt forced into resignation just a year ago.

Kurtley Beale shone in the World Cup.

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Match report and highlights: New Zealand 34-17 Australia

New Zealand made sporting history at Twickenham as they became the first team to be crowned Rugby World Cup winners for a second successive time.

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 92, saw New Zealand home 34-17.

New Zealand were superb throughout the tournament.

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Watch New Zealand v Australia World Cup Final live on ITV

Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper on the charge against the All Blacks earlier in the year.

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This Saturday, John Inverdale presents live coverage of the Rugby World Cup 2015 final at Twickenham. Southern hemisphere giants – and rivals – New Zealand and Australia have both won the World Cup twice but have never met in the final before until now.

Jonny Wilkinson, Michael Lynagh and Sean Fitzpatrick join John in the studio, and pitchside analysis comes from Francois Pienaar, Clive Woodward and Brian O'Driscoll. With commentary by Nick Mullins, Ben Kay and Lawrence Dallaglio.

Watch live coverage on ITV and ITV Player on Saturday 31st October at 3pm – and play along with us on our free RWC 2015 app (Android/iOS).

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Australia recall prop Sio for World Cup final

Scott Sio (left) will start for the Wallabies in the final.

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Australia head coach Michael Cheika has made just one change for Saturday's Rugby World Cup final against New Zealand: Scott Sio returns to the team at loosehead prop after sitting out the semi-final win over Argentina due to an elbow injury.

Starting XV: Folau; Ashley-Cooper, Kuridrani, Giteau, Mitchell; Foley, Genia; Sio, Moore (c), Kepu, Douglas, Simmons, Fardy, Hooper, Pocock.

Replacements Polota-Nau, Slipper, Holmes, Mumm, McCalman, Phipps, Toomua, Beale.

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Dan Carter is the best fly-half ever - says Larkham

Stephen Larkham insists Australia will face the greatest fly-half of all time when they clash with New Zealand in Saturday's World Cup final at Twickenham.

Dan Carter will make his 112th Test appearance as the All Blacks' playmaker in chief when the world champions seek to become the first team to defend their crown by lifting the Webb Ellis Cup for an unprecedented third time.

Dan Carter has been in fine form during this tournament.

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