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Summary

  1. FT: Australia 6-0 England
  2. Australia: Tries: Cordner Goal: Smith
  3. Cordner's first-half try only score of game
  4. Australia win World Cup for 11th time

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By Matt Newsum

All times stated are UK

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One step too far

FT: Australia 6-0 England

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So the 15th Rugby League World Cup finishes with a familiar look, Australia for an 11th time lifting the World Cup after a sterling display in the final against England.

Delight for the Kangaroos on home turf, for their legion of stars including Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk.

Heartbreak for England, whose talismanic stand-in skipper Sam Burgess suffers more World Cup disappointment and now the future of head coach Wayne Bennett remains undecided. It could be an interesting time ahead.

It's not just been about the winners and losers of this game, there have been huge strides made across the board.

Who can forget Fiji's hymn singing? Tonga's fan atmosphere and bulldozing football, or Port Moresby experience offered by Papua New Guinea?

It's been a great tournament, at times wonderful even with that late disappointment. Only four years to wait for the next one. Bring it on.

Thanks for joining us over the past month or so, it's been a blast. Only eight weeks til Super League returns... it'll be back before you know it. Goodbye.

"Wayne and the staff have built something really special"

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Former England international Kevin Sinfield: "I'm disappointed but I'm extremely pleased for England Rugby League. We shown a lot of courage and we're in touching distance now. We've come a long way in 12 months because in the Four Nations we were way off Australia but now we're up there with them.

"This has set our rugby league standard for the next 20 years and we need to harness that and get some of the younger players involved and the people like Ben Currie, who played tonight are going to wear that shirt for the rest of their careers."

On Wayne Bennett's future: "I would like him to stay, yeah. I think Wayne and the staff have built something really special. Having seen what he's achieved over the last six to eight weeks is remarkable. I don't know who will make the call on his time with us but I think he's enjoyed his time with the players and that's testament to our league and our players."

England Tests across the BBC

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England's three-match autumn Test series against New Zealand in 2018 will be shown live on the BBC - as well online and on BBC radio as well.

Hull's KCOM Stadium will host the opening match against the Kiwis, ranked second in the world, on 27 October.

The second Test is at Liverpool's Anfield on 3 November before the series finale at Leeds United's Elland Road on 11 November.

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R: Sorry, think Wayne Bennett should go if he wishes to as he has done a fantastic job! I would pick Paul Anderson as replacement though, or the guy who found Jermaine M

Ian Lowe: l'd like to see Wayne Bennett stay on for the next four years give him what he wants and in return get him to commit FULL TIME so stand down from Brisbane Broncos

Al Acarte: Let's give a big rap to Super League, very underestimated by the Aussies and also back home in Europe. Well done men.

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Robbie Hunter-Paul

Former New Zealand international on BBC One

On the possibility of Wayne Bennett committing himself to the England side as coach beyond this World Cup: "He's probably made his decision.

"I think he's taken the model that Steve McNamara built and took it to the next level,. I'd like to see him take that team of players into the next four years to the next World Cup in 2021 to keep the cohesion in the team going."

Where do England go next?

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England's future remains up in the air after this 2017 Rugby League World Cup final defeat, with Wayne Bennett's future undecided publicly at least.

He refused to discuss it in his press conference, but with a new season around eight weeks away and a huge three-Test series against New Zealand to come next year, this is a big time for England.

Is continuity important? Robbie Hunter-Paul's had his say!

"We are getting better... but not where we want to be"

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England coach Wayne Bennett: "It was somewhere around State of Origin standard - the effort and intensity.

"Both teams were giving everything, they were exhausted and somehow found another effort. It was pretty good stuff.

"Australia had a little better ball control than we did and so we had to do more defending.

"The ankle tap on Kallum Watkins was a moment – but there were a lot of other moments too, both teams giving everything.

"The Kangaroos were wonderful, it is a pity there has to be a loser, the scoreboard says we lose but what did we lose? The intensity, the effort, both teams had good shape and effort.

"We probably didn’t execute a couple of things we could - but that has been our Achilles heel. We are getting better but not yet where we want it to be."

What about your future: "I'm not talking about that tonight, I'm not in a good state to talk about those things."

"That was proper Test match football"

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Australia head coach Mal Meninga told BBC Sport:

"That was proper test-match football. England were very good tonight and we had to work hard. It was a bit dodgy up in the box.

"I rate that game right up there, 6-0 is unheard of in the modern game, it was dogged affair with defensively both teams outstanding, completing high. It was an entertaining game of rugby league with special efforts.

This game between two old adversaries reminds me of the good old days. let's hope the Rugby League International Federations can build on this because we want to put international rugby league back up there."

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Bob Wilkinson: What a battle! and an incredible Final. Only An Ankle tap and a try the difference!! shattered just watching it.

Richard Burns: With England as dominant as they were and Australia hanging on in the final 10 minutes, could England have picked up the tempo in the tackle and drawn more penalties?

Andrew Howarth: With 20 to go Australia had made about 50 less tackles, by the end 20+ more showing how much pressure we applied, five more minutes and we’d have been there

Evaluating progress made

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Sam Tomkins

England international on BBC One

We're getting better and England as a set-up is getting better. Steve McNamara's built a really good platform at England where we've carried that through. Whether Wayne Bennett stays or not, I don't know but we're in a really good position.

Double delight for Australia

FT: Australia Jillaroos 23-16 New Zealand Kiwi Ferns

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Anything the men can do, the women can do equally as well.

Australia's Jillaroos brushed aside their Kiwi counterparts with four tries, Isabelle Kelly scoring twice to add to tries from Eliana Walton and Caitlin Moran, who nailed three conversions and a drop goal to add to the try.

Honey Hireme kept up her remarkable try-scoring record for the Kiwi Ferns and Raecene McGregor also popped up with a score but it wasn't enough to stop the relentless Jillaroos from victory.

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Sam Tomkins

England international on BBC One

The semi final against the Kiwis in 2013 with the Shaun Johnson try haunted us for four years going into this World Cup.

This one with the Josh Dugan ankle tap will be the image for the next four years but it's a fair effort to dive and make that tackle.

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England forward Tom Burgess: "It was a great occasion, a great turnout, it is just very, very disappointing to not get the win.

"We dug in at times and defended well, we have to be proud of some bits but we killed ourselves a bit and that is sort of the story for England.

"We just wanted to build pressure on them and we failed to do that."

"We have to be able to build on this..."

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England assistant coach Denis Betts: "We failed to create chances and get the rub of the green.

"The next step is to get over the best. We've not won as many as Australia have but they were the better on the day.

"We have to be able to build on this because we have a fantastic core of players to step forward."

On coach Wayne Bennett's future: "I don't know. I've really enjoyed working with him but the important thing is to keep a good group of players together and make the next move going forward."

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Robbie Hunter-Paul

Former New Zealand international on BBC One

England - it was about cohesion, the amount of time working together. Key passes at the right time. Australia had players who have been playing together for years.

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Sean Thomas: Decision making in Attack cost England today especially on last tackle. To hurried in possession with tackles still remaining, and turn over after winning a penalty. That bit of flair was the only thing missing.

Sid: England fans must believe in the process Wayne has done a good job.However the game must grow and do English rugby league fans believe in the RFL to grow the game correctly?

Josh Reardon: O’loughlin plays, we win that game

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Andy Hood: Gulf in Class, what Gulf? @England_RL unbelievable effort and unlucky in the end. Proud in defeat but well done to @Kangaroos. For Cameron Smith to say it was 1 of the toughest games of his career showed how well we played hold your heads up high .

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In 2015, Australia lost two games in a row for the first time since 1978, and were toppled off the world number one spot in the rankings by New Zealand.

They regrouped, rebuilt and reshaped their side under Mal Meninga. They have won all of the 13 Tests since. Unbeaten, are they unbeatable?

The possible departures of Billy Slater and Cameron Smith from the ranks will be tough to replace... but there is always a production line.

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Sam Tomkins

England international on BBC One

I think it proved how tough it was when Cameron Smith confirmed it was the toughest game he'd ever played in, and he's played in some big State of Origin Games so that proves it was a tough 80 minutes for both sides.

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Mark Greening: Absolutely brilliant effort from the England RL team this morning. Could not ask for a better attempt.

Mark Antrobus: This World Cup has been an awesome tournament, the International RL board have to build on this and get the international game the profile it deserves.

Matt McGlone: I'm just happy with the pride @England_RL showed today. Gave everything for the shirt. Set a real example to anyone representing their country. Hope that never goes away.

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Cameron Smith just reflecting on how being dumped off the top of the world rankings by the Kiwis inspired them...

Smith brings his team-mates in, grasps the trophy and hoists the Paul Barriere Trophy aloft.

Australia are the 2017 Rugby League World Cup champions.

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Not a massive amount of fanfare for Australia as they walk forward to receive their medals, though there was a special cheer for Matt Gillett - the hometown Brisbane Broncos forward.

Cameron Smith strides forward, a familiar moment for a man who has won every honour in rugby league. Now time for the Kangaroos skipper to give his thoughts to the crowd.

Gentleman of the game. He wants that cup, desperately. Might just be his last moment in the green and gold jumper.

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England captain Sam Burgess: "Firstly I'd like to congratulate Mal (Meninga) and Cameron (Smith). Congratulations, you were tough to beat.

"I'd like to thank the fans and families. They've been brilliant all tournament. We couldn't have done it without you.

"My teammates, the staff, the squad - I love you all. It's been a great eight weeks and I'm gutted we couldn't go one step further. Thank you."

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Australia given a respectful word by Sam Burgess, the England skipper in the absence of Sean O'Loughlin.

Now, Australia stand poised to get their medals. Billy Slater gets player of the tournament first up.

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Robbie Hunter-Paul

Former New Zealand international on BBC One

England's defence was absolutely super-natural today. They had more attacking positions than Australia.

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Paul Leonard: Aaaaargh!!! When you see a replay on of the ankle-tap & the last play where he kicked a grubber BOTH times there were players on the inside for a pass

I think you speak for all of us............

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Luke Gale must be sick of this. Grand Finalist, World Cup finalist. Not a winners medal to be seen in 2017. Despite a superb season.

James Graham too, a veteran of Grand Finals in the NRL and in Super League with St Helens - as a losing finalist (though he did win one at Saints). Now a World Cup finalist, again without a prize.

Sam Burgess speaking now.

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Two Englishmen 'happy' to pick up a medal here, are Chris Kendall and Ben Thaler, two members of the match official team.

Boyd Cordner goes up to collect the Man of the Match award, the Kangaroos try hero.

England up now, dejected faces all round.

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Sam Tomkins

England international on BBC One

It is an opportunity missed. We could have won that with just a matter of minutes left.

I don't think we have played them in the last five or six years and got that close, one ankle tap, one moment, but we are making strides.

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Does the fact it was only 6-0 mean anything to the England players? Probably not.

Will it give fans any consolation? Probably not.

I don't ever want to see that Josh Dugan ankle tap again, I know I will.

Slater's perfect farewell?

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Australia full-back Billy Slater: "It's very rewarding. A lot of hard work to get here. It's a very young squad and good signs for the future."

"This will probably be my last in the green and gold. I'll probably retire at the end of the year.

Having come back from multiple shoulder operations to make his club and country return:

"I always love playing for Australia and it's something I enjoy doing. I wanted to get my shoulder right and I didn't really look at the big picture."

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Heartbreak for the England boys

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England prop James Graham: "It is a tough one to take, both teams played really well.

"What a spectacle that game was. There were a couple of times when the half break seemed to be on but fair play to their scramble."

England back Gareth Widdop: "I'm gutted, we sacrificed a lot to be here, the pride we put in on the jersey, we will be back.

"There was just that little bit of execution - line breaks we could not finish.

"We have improved a lot and will only ever keep on improving."

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Brian Noble

Ex-Great Britain coach on BBC One

This was a cruel test in relation to England because they've been brilliant throughout this tournament, they've grown and it was a courageous defeat.

Aussie legends secure big prize

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For some legends of the game, this was the perfect end to some glittering careers - if they choose to bow out of the international arena.

Cooper Cronk, Billy Slater and Cameron Smith have been mainstays for their country, battling though adversity to win this World Cup.

Slater and Smith were members of the side that were stunned by New Zealand in 2008 at this very stadium in Brisbane. There was to be no shock for the Kangaroos in 2017 despite England's bravest of efforts.

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"Amazing" home soil triumph

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Australia captain Cameron Smith: "It is amazing to finally get a World Cup victory on home soil. A lot of hard work has gone into this and that was one of the toughest games I have played in my career.

"I'm very proud, we spoke in the very first meeting about defence. To concede 16 points in six games is pretty amazing.

"The three of us - myself, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk - have had a remarkable year for club, state and country. If this is the last time we get to play together what a special memory to have."

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England gave it all. Sweat, tears and blood all spilled.

However they could not crack the Australia defence despite the bruising effort.

Kallum Watkins' break down the right will linger in the memories of England fans, more so the ankle tap by Josh Dugan to stop him.

If the defeat by New Zealand in 2013 was tough, this was tougher. Cruel and painful.

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Ian Millward

Former St Helens coach on BBC Two

Like a boxing event, this went to a point's decision.

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Dave Woods

BBC Rugby League correspondent on BBC One

It's relief as much as celebration for Australia. They have been pushed to the absolutely limit.

Full time: AUSTRALIA ARE WORLD CHAMPIONS

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After the most gruelling of contests, Australia come through their biggest test of the tournament at the biggest stage to win the World Cup for the 11th time.

England conceded the early try to Boyd Cordner, converted by Cameron Smith, that was all that separated two equally matched, hugely physical teams.

This was a slugfest, of epic proportions. Won by Australia. England lose. But it was so heartbreakingly close.

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Australia 6-0 England

Last minute. Australia club it down field.

England have less than a minute to do something...