SHOWS: YOKOHAMA, JAPAN (OCTOBER 26, 2019) (IMG/RWCL - SEE RESTRICTIONS) 1.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND COACH EDDIE JONES SPEAKING AT POST-MATCH NEWS CONFERENCE, SAYING: "Well, they are a great team you know.
They won two World Cups in a row, they've got a great coach, good, great captain so we had to battle hard today.
You always go in with an idea of how you want the game to be but it never goes exactly like that and you've got to give so much credit to New Zealand the way they kept fighting right to the end.
We had to dig deep to win that game." 2.
WHITE FLASH 3.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND COACH EDDIE JONES SAYING: "Well we've had two and a half years to prepare for it mate, you know, they had a week to prepare so we've been unconsciously preparing a game for this game, so you know when you ingrain habits in your players they are easier to sustain and you know I think we saw some great habits from our players tonight." 4.
WHITE FLASH 5.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW ZEALAND COACH STEVE HANSEN SAYING: "The team that took the game, won the game so we've got no regrets, I'm very proud of the All Blacks, I think this tournament they've played particularly well and just on tonight we got beaten by a better side and you know sometimes you might find that sport's not fair, but tonight it was, we got beaten by a better side so congratulations to them, wish them all the best for what's coming." STORY: England produced one of their greatest-ever performances to end New Zealand's bid for a third successive World Cup on Saturday (October 26), utterly outplaying them during an extraordinary 19-7 semi-final victory and reaching the final for the first time in 12 years.
New Zealand, who had not lost a World Cup match since the 2007 quarter-finals, barely threatened all night.
The victory swept England into their fourth final and first since 2007, where they will face either South Africa or Wales.
They are seeking their second victory after 2003 when they became the first - and only - northern hemisphere country to triumph.
"New Zealand are the gods of rugby so we had to take it to them and put them on the back foot as much as we could," said Jones, who was in charge of Australia when they were beaten by England in the 2003 final.
"We have been subconsciously preparing for this game for two and a half years and when you ingrain habits in players it is easy to sustain." New Zealand, who had won 15 of the teams' last 16 meetings, never got a foothold in the game.
It is a long time since any All Black side was kept so at bay and they had no complaints after losing to England at a World Cup for the first time.
"Congratulations to England, they were deserved winners tonight," said coach Steve Hansen.
"There's no shame in being beaten by them - though there is a lot of hurt.
"The team that took the game won the game, but we have no regrets.
Sometimes sport isn't fair but tonight it was." (Production: Annette Faydenko)