Rugby Union - New Zealand media hail 'best ever' All Blacks

New Zealand were named Rugby Team of the Year after becoming the first nation to successfully defend the Rugby World Cup (AFP Photo/Martin Bureau)

- New Zealand media said the All Blacks' World Cup win over Australia confirmed the team as the greatest in rugby union history. New Zealand Herald writer Gregor Paul said the All Blacks played without inhibition to light up the final. "The first to defend a World Cup; just three defeats in the last four years and courage and skill that is precedent-setting," he wrote. Fairfax New Zealand columnist Mark Reason said both teams played their part in a showpiece for Southern Hemisphere rugby. "(They) play the game with a joy and ambition that puts the grubby, sunless clubs of the Northern Hemisphere to shame," he wrote. The 34-17 win makes the All Blacks the only side to win it three times.