All Blacks reflect on a job well done

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Lynn McConnell     01 Nov 2015     Getty Images

Speaking after the final, All Blacks captain McCaw told SkySport: "It's a funny feeling, you put so much energy into getting ourselves here and performing. It's hard to put into words but very happy. A lot of work has gone in to give us this opportunity and I'm just so proud we nailed it when it counted.

"We had the better of the first half but didn't quite get the reward we wanted out of it but we said at halftime there would be a period when they came back into it and we were down to 14 and the big thing wasn't to panic. We knew we would get it back at some point but we didn't want the damage to be too much."

He said there had been a feeling of expecting to come to Twickenham to get the job done and once that was achieved it was like they had ticked it off.

"The big thing was after that game in 2011 we wanted to perform like world champions in between and give ourselves another chance and we don't have an off day, and that is what I am always hugely proud of about the All Blacks is they go about their work no matter what the day is they are expected to go and perform and we've done that.

"Nights like tonight, you never want it to end. One day it will, but you just don't want it to end."

Coach Steve Hansen said: "I'm really proud of the boys, they've had a big week and all tournament they have just quietly built away and we got the job done today."

He said there had been plans made to cover if someone was sent to the sin-bin during the game and it was a case of making sure everyone knew what they had to do.

"I thought the Australians played well and a big shout should go out to them, they did their country proud."

Dan Carter, who must have done his chances of being named world player of the year no harm at all, said there were moments when he wondered if he would ever be able to play at the World Cup.

"It has been a rollercoaster four years. I would loved to have played in that final in New Zealand, obviously I wasn't able to and I have had to work extremely hard to get to where I am today and there were times when I didn't think this would be possible. I'm just over the moon to finish on such a high.

"It's just a special occasion. To do something that no other team has done before and win a World Cup away from New Zealand. It's huge and just shows how special this team is and I'm grateful to be part of it.

"When I got the ball [for a dropped goal] it was a bit messy and it was just instinctive. I wasn't sure if I had the legs there, that's why I was yelling at the ball to make sure it went over and gave us a little breathing space which was important.

"I was chatting with Richie before and discussing what an amazing career it had been. We've been lucky to play with some amazing people, management and even the guys who aren't here who have contributed to this side, it's just so special it's hard to explain.

Conrad Smith: "It doesn't quite feel real at the moment. We've tried to block that out and haven't thought of it being a last Test. Now it will sink in, but what a way for it to sink in. We've got the Cup, we've done what we aimed to do.

"It was physical, it was brilliant. I was stoked we were playing the Aussies. It was easy to get up for. There was the element of fear, we've got a massive amount of respect for the way they play the game and what they've done this tournament – the teams they've beaten, they've had a tough road. We knew we would have to be on song and that's the way we prepared and the way they played. It was a great game."

Aaron Smith: "It's a pretty good feeling. You dream about all the work you put in and making something try to happen and this year was focused about getting to this point right now. Wow, it was well worth it. Once Bender [Ben Smith] had his little slip up [sin-binned] anything could have happened. There was only one thing they could break and that was kicking options and they got in behind us and then they were able to score. We knew our frontline was good but they are smart the Aussies and they were able to capitalise on that.

"I remember sitting in the circle at half-time and hearing such inspirational people talking you just have to trust in what they were saying, no nerves, no fear, it's easy to follow when you've got leaders like that."

Nehe Milner-Skudder: "It's unbelievable. I'm still pinching myself, it doesn't feel real at the moment. I'm overwhelmed right now. Some of the older boys who were here in 2011 got alongside the new boys and made it feel comfortable and it felt good out there.

Ma'a Nonu: "I'm overwhelmed. Aussie never lay down and we just tried to dig deep. It was a good pass from Sonny [when scoring his try] and I saw a gap and just tried to take it. We just back each other, we had good motivation going into the game, good support, massive support from New Zealand but at the end of the day we just play for each other."

Keven Mealamu said he was proud to have achieved what the side set out to do.

"We have good people around us which allows us to do what we came here to do. This a place you never want not to be part of. It's always a drive to want to be better. We're the lucky ones that get to go out on the Saturday and get to express what we've been trying to work on all week and there are so many people behind the scenes and working hard and we're really proud we could do that for them today."

Sonny Bill Williams: "This is by far the best feeling I have had in my sporting career because you are doing it with your best mates. Although there are only 15 players out on the field at one time we have got quality players throughout our whole squad and everyone dug deep and it is just a very happy way to finish the tournament.

"Although we have been competing for the same position we push each other and I think that has got the best out of us," he said.

Brodie Retallick, "It was a bloody good feeling when the final whistle went, the pain goes away.

"We wanted to start the second half well, we knew they were going to come back at us, we knew it was going to be tough the whole way so we just had to swing that momentum back, which we did and they Beaudy with the speed he has got, it was a bloody awesome try.

"It's a great team to be part of and it is slowly sinking in what we have just achieved, it's a great feeling."

Ben Smith: "It's awesome the feeling you get after the game is over. I'm just really proud of the team. We were lucky we could close out the game because it was a good Australian team that turned up tonight and it was a tough match."

He rated the experience alongside that of his first child's birth. It was difficult to put into words, he said, but it was great to top off all the work that had gone in by winning the World Cup.

"You can go through and talk about all those guys who have done so much for New Zealand rugby and I'm just privileged to play alongside them. When you get out on the field it is massive knowing how much they put into the game of footy and they are going to be sorely missed," he said.