It was a close thing and New Zealand only won through by one point with the final score being 8 - 7.
Although it may not have been the best rugby match ever the local crowd erupted in appreciation at the end of play.
New Zealand: 15-Israel Dagg, 14-Cory Jane, 13-Conrad Smith, 12-Ma'a Nonu, 11-Richard Kahui, 10-Aaron Cruden, 9-Piri Weepu, 8-Kieran Read, 7-Richie McCaw (captain), 6-Jerome Kaino, 5-Sam Whitelock, 4-Brad Thorn, 3-Owen Franks, 2-Keven Mealamu, 1-Tony Woodcock Replacements: 16-Andrew Hore, 17-Ben Franks, 18-Ali Williams, 19-Adam Thomson, 20-Andy Ellis, 21-Stephen Donald, 22-Sonny Bill Williams
France: 15-Maxime Medard, 14-Vincent Clerc, 13-Aurelien Rougerie, 12-Maxime Mermoz, 11-Alexis Palisson, 10-Morgan Parra, 9-Dimitri Yachvili, 8-Imanol Harinordoquy, 7-Julien Bonnaire, 6-Thierry Dusautoir (captain), 5-Lionel Nallet, 4-Pascal Pape, 3-Nicolas Mas, 2-William Servat, 1-Jean-Baptiste Poux
Replacements: 16-Dimitri Szarzewski, 17-Fabien Barcella, 18-Julien Pierre, 19-Fulgence Ouedraogo, 20-Jean-Marc Doussain, 21-Francois Trinh-Duc, 22-Damien Traille
The country of New Zealand and its people have had a hard year. An earthquake in February 2011 left Christchurch and the surrounding area devastated, New Zealand have not won this title for 24 years. The competition happens again in four years time. The current New Zealand rugby team members will probably no longer be playing at that time.
This means that it was a great win for all concerned, except France of course. So congratulations to New Zealand and commiserations to France