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Ahead of Sunday's World Cup final between New Zealand and France, skysports.com looks back at our top 10 memorable moments from the tournament.
James Arlidge v France
Arguably the individual performance of the World Cup, Japan fly-half Arlidge racked up 21 points as the Brave Blossoms gave France a fright. Arlidge, who plies his trade in the RFU Championship with Nottingham, ran in two tries and tormented Les Bleus throughout - with Japan only trailing by seven points until France pulled away during the final 20 minutes.
Heinz Koll v Wales
The Namibians may have been crushed 81-7 by Wales, however the pick of the 13 tries in New Plymouth came for the minnows. Nico Esterhuyse intercepted Stephen Jones' pass in his own half and although Scott Williams halted his charge, he popped the ball up to his fellow lock Koll.
There was a slight suspicion of crossing as Koll charged forward with the giant forward showing tremendous pace to get to the line.
The popular Maori war dance has been a mainstay of the pre-match build-up, with the New Zealand Army brass band getting in on the act throughout the tournament. Not content with entertaining fans with their music, they have regularly downed instruments to perform the haka.
Tonga upset Les Bleus
The shock result of the tournament came as the South Sea islanders recorded a historic 19-14 win over France. With stories of in-fighting dogging Les Bleus, they never really got going with Sukanaivalu Hufanga scoring the crucial try to put Tonga in front. The only disappointment came with Tonga's decision to constantly kick for goal when a bonus-point could have earned them a quarter-final place.
Ireland shock Wallabies
Ireland had a terrible build-up to the tournament - losing all their warm-up games. However, everything came together at the right time as they upset the odds to record a 15-6 victory over Australia with a class performance. With Paul O'Connell leading the pack, Ireland were able to strangle the life out of the Wallabies.
Sam Warburton red card
The Wales captain came of age at the World Cup, however his tournament will be sadly remembered for his much-debated red card against France for a tip tackle on Vincent Clerc. Warburton clearly took Clerc off his feet but he did his best to help him down safely - with similar offences in the tournament barely warranting a yellow card.
McCaw schools Pocock
The master showed the apprentice how it was done in the Trans-Tasman encounter in the semi-final. New Zealand skipper Ricie McCaw might have had fitness doubts hanging over him - with the flanker playing despite his foot injury - but he clearly won the battle of the opensides against Australia's David Pocock.
France against everyone (including themselves)
There may have been little to write home about regarding their rugby (despite reaching the final) but Les Bleus have kept us busy with their clashes with the media, the opposition and bizarrely each other. Coach Marc Lievremont calling his players "spoilt brats" after beating Wales is the pick of their malfunctions.
Two moments in one as Scotland were sent packing early from the competition after conceding late tries against first Argentina and then England. Scotland had looked a good bet for the quarter-finals - but first Lucas Amorosino and then Chris Ashton broke their resistance, as they failed to reach the last-eight for the first time in their history.
England's campaign was memorable for all the wrong reasons as off-the-field exploits dominated the headlines - from a night out in Queenstown to Manu Tuilagi diving off a ferry. It was almost as if every press conference there would be another story - and although the players claimed the criticisms pulled them together, they failed to back up their talking on the pitch.
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