26 weird and wonderful facts -- Rugby World Cup final in numbers
It has taken 179 meetings between New Zealand and Australia -- the most-played match in international rugby union history -- before one of them was a World Cup final.
Given that between them they've been in six of the seven previous finals, it remains something of an oddity that they've not previously coincided there.
Three times -- in 1991, 2003 and 2011 -- they ran into each other in the semi-finals. On two other occasions, 1987 and 1999, a meeting was expected but one of them failed to make the appointment, in each case losing a semi-final to France.
Australia went down in the quarter-finals to England in 1995, but the real odd one out is 2007. Both fell on the same day in the quarter-finals, paving the way -READ MORE-http://www.espn.co.uk/rugby/story/_/id/14007605/rugby-world-cup-final-numbers-26-weird-wonderful-facts-including-ultimate-richie-mccaw-statistic