Rugby World Cup Final: New Zealand v Australia - 10 Vital Statistics


10. New Zealand and Australia have played in six previous Rugby World Cup finals, yet have never faced each other. Both boast two wins and one defeat in the final and New Zealand are favourites at 1.37 to lift the Webb Ellis Cup.

9. New Zealand beat France in both their previous World Cup final triumphs (in 1987 and 2011), while losing to hosts South Africa in 1995. In two of those finals there was less than a try within the two scores and New Zealand are 2.05 to win with an 8+ margin.

8. Australia have beaten the All Blacks just twice in their last 10 attempts — their most recent a 27-19 triumph in the Rugby Championship this summer. The Wallabies are 3.15 to scalp their rivals again.

7. However, New Zealand won 41-13 the last time these sides met, just a week after Australia’s triumph back in August. The All Blacks were 13-6 up at half time and are 1.50 to be leading at the break at Twickenham.

6. New Zealand have scored more tries (36) than any other team this tournament, while Australia boast 26 tries. New Zealand are 2.12 to score first and win the tournament.

New Zealand All Blacks Training Session : News Photo

5. However, Australia have kicked 15 penalties in this World Cup to New Zealand’s seven. Australia are 2.60 to open the scoring with a penalty.

4. Julian Savea (8) needs one more try to become the highest try scorer in any single World Cup. The New Zealand wing is 10.00 to score two tries.

3. All Blacks wing Ben Smith, meanwhile, has made more metres (453) than any other player in this tournament bar Argentine Santiago Cordero (454). Smith is 12.00 to score the opening try.

2. David Pocock has won 14 turnovers this tournament, with France’s Thierry Dusautoir and Leone Nakarawa joint-second on nine. Wallabies back row Pocock is 4.00 to score a try at any time.

1. Australia and New Zealand have both picked up four yellow cards this tournament, a tally beaten only by Namibia (6) and shared with Argentina and Romania. A yellow card at Twickenham is priced at 1.45.