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New Zealand marks All Blacks' rugby victory with parade

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Media captionThe BBC's Dan Roan joined 250,000 at the victory parade in Auckland

Tens of thousands of New Zealanders have turned out for a parade to mark the All Blacks' victory on home soil in the rugby World Cup.

Crowds up to 20 people deep lined the route in Auckland to cheer the team as they passed by in open-top vehicles.

Dancers, drummers and pipers also joined in, as the country celebrated Sunday's win.

New Zealand defeated France 8-7 to take the trophy for the first time since the tournament began in 1987.

Another parade will take place in Christchurch on Tuesday and then in Wellington on Wednesday.

Captain Richie McCaw and coach Graham Henry rode in the final vehicle in the parade, holding the Webb Ellis trophy.

"I'm blown away by the amount of people about," said McCaw. "It means so much to anyone who supports the team and is a Kiwi... I'm so pleased to have it in my hands."

Prime Minister John Key has also paid tribute to the team, saying the country was very proud of them.

"It is an achievement built on courage, determination, grit and great teamwork," he said.

Head of State Queen Elizabeth II, who is currently on a state visit to Australia, also sent a message of congratulations to the team.

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