New Zealand lift World Cup with 8-7 win over France

Updated: Oct 23, 2011, 15:40 PM IST

Auckland: New Zealand ended a 24-year wait for the rugby World Cup when they battled to a tense 8-7 victory over France in the final at Eden Park on Sunday.

The All Blacks had not won the Webb Ellis trophy since they beat France in the inaugural tournament at the same venue in 1987.

The first half scoring was restricted to a try from All Blacks` prop Tony Woodcock after a well-worked move from an attacking lineout.

Replacement flyhalf Stephen Donald kicked an early second half penalty to give the All Blacks an 8-0 lead before France stormed back when captain Thierry Dusautoir crashed over for a try, which was converted by Francois Trinh-Duc.

The French pressed to the very end, but New Zealand held on for a memorable victory.

Bureau Report