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YAHOO!

That about sums it up for Sean Fitzpatrick, DHL’s Rugby Ambassador. Here’s his final entry at the end of an exciting Rugby World Cup final that was gripping up to the last seconds.

Eden Park in Auckland was a very special place to be on Sunday as we celebrated the crowning of the new world champions – New Zealand – after their 8-7 win over France. I don’t think I have ever experienced an atmosphere in a stadium anywhere in the world like that. And it was just the same throughout the entire country.

The whole nation wore black to support their team. Everyone who was expecting the final to be one-sided didn’t know much about the history of the All Blacks vs. the French, particularly in 1999 and 2007.

I have lost to the French more than any other All Black, so I knew a French team capable of winning the Rugby World Cup could turn up – despite the fact that they lost to Tonga, the 16th nation in the world rankings, during the Pool stage. Of course, as we now know, the French team did come out to win – they fought a tough match.

It was certainly not the script that Kiwis and other All Blacks fans wanted or expected. After the tension and pressure of the semi-final, they wanted a coronation. They wanted to be able to relax and watch the All Blacks cruise to victory. The French were having none of that, from the moment they stood together in defiance to the haka at the start of the game, they made it clear they were there to win.

What stands out for me is how much this team has grown over the tournament. Great people make great All Blacks, is what they say, and that is what we needed on the field and what we had. All 22 played with unbelievable courage and determination.

It was an amazing, gritty game. With neither side giving an inch, it was like the last decisive battle in an exhausting war, with the All Blacks hanging in there to finish the job. The celebration of rugby over the last six weeks has been unforgettable and has certainly put smiles on the faces of many people around the world.

It has been a difficult year for New Zealand as a country, trying to get over the Christchurch earthquake, the Pike River mining disaster and more recently the crippled container ship Rena stranded on a reef and leaking oil. Having the Rugby World Cup here has helped.

It’s been great fun for me to be able to share my views with you over the last six weeks. I was honored to be DHL’s Global Rugby Ambassador this year – travelling the world on behalf of DHL to raise awareness for the game and for the logistics behind it. DHL is one of the winners of the Rugby World Cup, making sure the teams had what they needed when they needed it at each match. They really did deliver Rugby to the world!

Now, of course, as a Kiwi, and with New Zealand as deserving champions, it’s time to savor the victory and look forward to the next Rugby World Cup in England in 2015.

I can’t wait!