Russia's Vasily Artemyev takes on the Italian defence at RWC 2011.
RWC 2011 - Wales v France
Referee Alain Rolland of Ireland gives a red card to Wales' flanker Sam Warburton (not pictured) during the 2011 Rugby World Cup semi-fianl match Wales vs France at the Eden Park in Auckland on October 15, 2011. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Juan Figallo - Argentina
The Argentina front row of Juan Figallo, along with (hidden) Mario Ledesma and Rodrigo Roncero prepare to scrummage during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Argentina and Scotland at Wellington Regional Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand
CHAMPIONS: Richie McCaw proudly holds aloft the Webb Ellis Cup after New Zealand defeat France in the Rugby World Cup Final in Auckland in October 2011
Richie McCaw and Thierry Dusatoir
All Black flanker Richie McCaw (R) is tackled by France's center Maxime Mermoz (C) and flanker Thierry Dusautoir (L) during the 2011 Rugby World Cup pool A match New Zealand vs France at Eden Park in Auckland on September 24, 2011.
Thierry Dusatoir and Dave EEllis - France
France captain Thierry Dusatoir receives instructins from defence coach Dave Ellis at RWC 2011.
Vincent Clerc - France
Vincent Clerc celebrates scoring against England in the quarter-finals of RWC 2011.
Soane Tonga'uiha - Tonga
Prop Soane Tonga'uiha of Tonga charges upfield during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand.
Lionel Nallet - France
Lionel Nallet of France in action during the 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup Final match between France and New Zealand at Eden Park on October 23, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand
Canada v Tonga
Canada v Tonga at Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand
New Zealand v France at RWC 2011
New Zealand lift the Webb Ellis Cup after defeating France in the Final of RWC 2011 in New Zealand.
USA fans at Rugby World Cup 2011
USA fans gets ready for the Eagles' clash against Australia at Rugby World Cup 2011.
Georgia v Romania
Georgia and Romania prepare to scrum down during a pool phase match at Rugby World Cup 2011.
Japan at Rugby World Cup 2011
Japan players celebrate scoring a try during a Rugby World Cup 2011 match.
France v England at Rugby World Cup 2011
Vincent Clerc celebrates scoring for France against England at Rugby World Cup 2011.
France v Wales at Rugby World Cup 2011
France prepare to scrum down against Wales during a Rugby World Cup 2011 semi-final.
Samoa at Rugby World Cup 2011
Samoa in prayer after a Rugby World Cup 2011 match.
Ireland v Italy at Rugby World Cup 2011
Ireland close in on the try line during a Rugby World Cup 2011 match against Italy.
England v Romania at Rugby World Cup 2011
Ben Youngs makes a break during a Rugby World Cup 2011 match against Romania.
USA v Russia at Rugby World Cup 2015
USA captain Todd Clever in action against Russia at Rugby World Cup 2011.
Namibia at Rugby World Cup 2011
Namibia v South Africa at Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand.
England national anthem
England players line up for the national anthem ahead of a match against Scotland at Rugby World Cup 2011.
Tonga v New Zealand at Rugby World Cup 2011
Tonga make a break during a Rugby World Cup 2011 match against New Zealand.
Scotland v England at Rugby World Cup 2011
Mike Blair passes the ball Scotland's pool phase match against England at Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand.
Fiji v Samoa at Rugby World Cup 2011
Fiji and Samoa exchange pre-match challenges ahead of a crucial pool phase match at Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand.
Namibia at Rugby World Cup 2011
Namibia prepare for the national anthems during a Rugby World Cup 2011 match.
Wales v Fiji at Rugby World Cup 2011
Fiji take on Wales in a pool phase match at Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand
Australia at RWC 2011
Australia prepare to scrum down against Wales at RWC 2011
Ireland v Australia at Rugby World Cup 2011
Ireland beat Australia 15-6 at RWC 2011
Volunteer army in 2011
Volunteer army in 2011
Ma'a Nonu with fans
New Zealand's Ma'a Nonu greets fans after a training session during Rugby World Cup 2011.
A general view during an England IRB Rugby World Cup 2011 training session at Mt Smart Stadium on September 2, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand.
TGA v FRA
Number eight Viliami Ma'afu of Tonga splits open the France defence during the Rugby World Cup 2011 Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand
Alexander Yanyushkin of Russia - Credit: Stas Kolpakov
Alexander Yanyushkin braves the difficult conditions in Sochi as Russia overcame Portugal 14-10 to inch closer to Rugby World Cup 2011 qualification. Photo: Stas Kolpakov.
Off target: Piri Weepu was in impeccable form with his boot against Argentina but had trouble with penalties against France
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Richie McCaw drinks from the Webb Ellis Cup - FRA v NZL
Thirst class performance: Richie McCaw of the All Blacks drinks from the Webb Ellis Cup after a night of glory at Eden Park
Cory Jane - FRA v NZL
Sweet taste of success: Cory Jane bites on his winners' medal after the presentation at Eden Park
Adam Thomson, Victor Vito - FRA v NZL
Classic act: Victor Vito poses in classical style as he and Adam Thomson celebrate the All Blacks' victory
Richie McCaw talks to the media - FRA v NZL
Holy grail: Richie McCaw sits proudly beside the Webb Ellis Cup as he speak to the media after the All Blacks' victory over France
Andrew Hore - FRA v NZL
Cup runneth over: Andrew Hore dribbles as he drinks from the Webb Ellis Cup after the victory over France
Captain Richie McCaw - FRA v NZL
All yours: Captain Richie McCaw holds the Webb Ellis Cup and acknowledges ecstatic All Blacks fans at Eden Park
Thierry Dusautoir - FRA v NZL
So near yet so far: France captain Thierry Dusautoir trudges past the Webb Ellis Cup after collecting his runners-up medal
Stephen Donald - FRA v NZL
The boy Don good: Stephen Donald, scorer of the All Blacks' winning penalty, has his hair ruffled by teammate Jerome Kaino
French team in defeat - FRA v NZL
Les Miserables: Captain Thierry Dusautoir and dejected France teammates watch as the All Blacks collect the Webb Ellis Cup
Haka - NZL
Haka heroes: The All Blacks celebrate their Rugby World Cup 2011 win with a haka for the crowd at Eden Park on Sunday
Graham Henry and wife Raewyn - FRA v NZL
Sealed with a kiss: All Blacks coach Graham Henry and his wife Raewyn Henry kiss to celebrate the team's success
Cory Jane, Israel Dagg - FRA v NZL
Doing snow angels: All Blacks Cory Jane, left, and Israel Dagg make good use of the tickertape after receiving their winners' medals
Fans - Final
All Blacks fans celebrate their team's win at Eden Park on Sunday
All Blacks celebrate Rugby World Cup victory - FRA v NZL
We are the champions: It's party time for the All Blacks as they celebrate being crowned Rugby World Cup 2011 champions