This Rugby World Cup final will break new ground in 2015. For the first time, the showpiece event will not only decide global supremacy for one of the roughest oval-ball sports, it will also play host to the latest episode in the rivalry between Australia and New Zealand.

After hundreds of years as neighbours, split only by the waters of the Tasman Sea, the nations share a history that is vibrant and storied, oscillating between pettiness and seriousness — with a bunch of accent jokes thrown in for good measure.

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