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Rugby World Cup: Australia and New Zealand hunting record-breaking victory

New Zealand and arch-rivals Australia meet on Saturday at Twickenham for the biggest prize in Rugby – the World Cup title.

Both sides have the record books in the sights.

Defending champions New Zealand will look to become the first nation to retain the title and also seal a record third crown after triumphs in 1987 and 2011.

Captain Richie McCaw will extend his record for the most Test caps to 148 while winger Julian Savea is looking to break the record for the most tries scored in a single World Cup. He is currently tied at the top on eight.

The Wallabies will also be hunting a record third title after lifting the ’91 and ’99 cups.

Australia winger Drew Mitchell meanwhile is just one career world cup try short of the 15-try record set by Jonah Lomu and Bryan Habana.

In August, Australia beat the All Blacks for the first time since 2011 en route to the Rugby Championship title.

Michael Cheika’s men will be out to prove that was no fluke and win an even bigger prize at their rival’s expense as the world’s top-ranked sides meet in the final for the very first time.

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