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OUR OFFICIAL WORLD CUP AWARDS:

PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENTWinner: Jonny Wilkinson (England)

Can anyone argue with 113 points, the winning drop-goal in extra-time and some thunderous hits in a nail-biting Final? Sure, he was a bit quiet at times in the tournament (when Richard Hill was not playing), but he came up trumps when it mattered most.

YOUNG PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENTWinner: Joe Rokocoko (New Zealand)

He scored 17 tries in 12 games in his debut season of Test rugby, with six of those tries coming in just five RWC games. At just 20 years old he could just be the best player in the world come France 2007.

TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENTWinner: England

Again, a tough one to argue. They won all their games and walked off with the Webb Ellis Cup.

MOST DISAPPOINTING TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENTWinner: New Zealand

They promised so much, but yet they failed to live up to all the pre-tournament hype. Did they choke? No. Were they under-prepared? No! Did they expect to simply pitch up and win after cruising through the pool stages? Yes! Better luck next time boys.

MOST IMPROVED TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENTWinner: Wales

Steve Hansen's side were given little chance of even making it out of Pool D before the tournament started, but their second-stringers scared the daylights out of New Zealand in their pool clash. England, also, were given a fright in the quarter-finals, being outscored by three tries to one in the process. What a pity, then, that Hansen will be moving along after next year's Six Nations.

COACH OF THE TOURNAMENTWinner: Clive Woodward (England)

Take a bow Sir Clive! What a marvellous manager of some very talented players and a dedicated backroom staff.

GAME OF THE TOURNAMENTWinner: The Final – Australia v England

Most people's dream Final – the No.1-ranked team in the world against the hosts and defending champions. It had absolutely everything one could have wanted from a World Cup Final – 100 minutes of non-stop action, tries, penalty kicks, tackles and drop-goals. A superb end to a well-organised tournament, but what a pity that we had to wait so long for such an exciting match.

THE MOST DISAPPOINTING GAME OF THE TOURNAMENTWinner: The opening match – Australia v Argentina

Neither side lived up to pre-tournament expectations in the opening game, with Argentina, especially, disappointing in a game that many felt they had a chance of winning.

TRY OF THE TOURNAMENTFijian fullback Norman Ligairi's wonderful effort against Japan in their Pool B clash on October 23, scored with a chip and chase from 70m out. Wales fly-half Stephen Jones's effort against England in the quarter-finals – a great team score. Our pick then? Any one of Rupeni Caucaunibuca's three tournament tries, but our final pick was Caucau's first effort – against France in their opening game on October 11. A class act and a try-scoring genius.

SINGLE MOMENT OF THE TOURNAMENTA certain left-footed fly-half's right-footed strike in the 99th minute of an epic World Cup Final. Who will forget that moment?

SORRY TO SEE THEM GO AWARDKeith Wood, Al Charron, Fabien Galthié and Joost van der Westhuizen – all wonderful servants of the game of Rugby Union. Who will join them? Jason Leonard, Dorian West, Martin Johnson, Neil Back, Richard Hill, Lawrence Dallaglio – any bets?

MOST DISAPPOINTING ASPECTS OF RWC 2003The extraordinary amounts of xenophobia displayed in the media over the past seven weeks and the shocking draw, which saw some of the more unfashionable nations play four pool matches in 14 days. Talk about not levelling the playing fields. Caucau's suspension robbed us off world rugby's fastest and most exciting player, while the entire judiciary process needs to be reviewed after a host of inconsistencies.

NOW FOR SOME NOT-SO-SERIOUS AWARDS:

THE BASIL FAWLTY AWARD FOR HOTELERYWinner: Scotland

Ian McGeechan's side packed their bags and rolled out of town after they realised that they had booked to share a hotel with 200 members of the 'Bandidos' biker clan. It wasn't the leather-clad riders that caused offence, but their 'drinks receptions' that went on into the wee hours.

THE AWARD FOR KNOCKING YOUR HEAD AGAINST A WALLWinner: Sherryl Calder, the England Visual Awareness Coach

England lock Danny Grewcock broke his toe prior to the Georgia game after wing Ben Cohen accidently trod on it in the changing room. Had Ben and Danny bunked off Sherryl's classes? And where was the Awareness guru when England needed her to shout "look out you big oaf!".

THE LOOK AWAY IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW THE SCORE AWARDWinner: Philippa Wilkinson

Jonny's mother was too nervous to watch him play so she went to do a spot of shopping instead of watching the Final. She was at the vegetable counter of her local supermarket in Northumberland when a member of staff informed her that her son had just won the Rugby World Cup with a last-gasp drop-goal. She burst into tears. Then again, it could have been the onions.

ENGLAND'S BIGGEST FANWinner: Prince Harry

Jumping around at all the matches in his England jumper and seen hugging a Woodward (Mr, Mrs or Miss …) on numerous occasions.

THE CHRISTINA AGUILERA AWARD FOR MOST INAPPROPRIATE ATTIREWinner: England

'Dad's Army' were accused of boring stick-it-up-your-jersey tactics. They denied the slurs vigorously, and with good reason – there's hardly room for a T-Shirt under England's skin-tight strip, let alone a rugby ball.

THE BACK TO EARTH WITH A BUMP AWARDWinner: Martin Johnson

The eyes of the world lingered on the England captain as he lifted the Rugby World Cup up to the heavens at the Telstra Stadium on Saturday evening. Seven hours later, as he made his way home from England's victory party, Johnson found himself in the rain once again – with not a taxi for to carry him home. The all-conquering hero was forced to take a wet one-hour walk back to his bed.

THE BLAIR/BUSH AWARD FOR UNLIKELIEST FRIENDSHIPWinners: Jonny Wilkinson and David Beckham

Are we really to believe the media hype that suggests these two are now bosom buddies? What does a shy, retiring rugby player and a wealthy, publicity-hungry megastar have to talk about? Other than the aerodynamics of a ball, obviously.

THE STEVE REDGRAVE COMEBACK AWARDWinner: Mike Catt

Nowhere near an England jersey for the whole of 2002 and virtually all of 2003, but Woodward picked him and backed him, with Catt eventually challenging for a place in the first-choice match-day squad and then earning a starting berth against France in the semi-finals. He also did very well in the Final when he came off the bench.

THE CHRISTIAN CULLEN AWARD FOR PLAYING OUT OF POSITIONWinner: Leon MacDonald

The Crusaders and Canterbury fullback was shunted into the centres after Tana Umaga's knee injury in the hope of shoring up the All Blacks' goal-kicking woes. The result? Exactly the same as in 1999 when John Hart played Christian Cullen at centre – it did not work.

THE HARRY HOUDINI AWARDWinner: Wendell Sailor

The 'Big Del' managed to disappear for 70 minutes in Saturday's Final. We did see him in the 70th minute when he ran past Joe Roff en route to the substitutes bench. A close second and the winner of the Invisible Man Award is Tana Umaga. Yes, after picking up a potential tournament-ending knee injury in the first game he remained part of the All Black squad, but he did not end up playing again. Even Chris Whitaker got more game time than him.

THE BEST RWC HAIRSTYLEWinner: Duncan Jones

The Wales prop, who suffered an unfortunate injury in a pool game, just beats off a horde of All Blacks (again, pipped at the post!), Fijians and Samoans in the final analysis, with Brian O'Driscoll and Christian Labit's highlights also featuring in our early-tournament Top 10.

PATTING YOURSELF ON THE BACK AWARDWinner: Planet Rugby's Justin O'Regan

For correctly predicting Saturday's scoreline. Who cares if we got a lot of the other ones wrong – the Final is all that matters (or so we keep telling ourselves!).

AND … SOME GOODIES LEFT AT THE RWC's LOST AND FOUND:(To be collected at reception)

A compass: Mario Ledesma, Keven Mealamu, Brendan Cannon and Steve Thompson.Big match temperament: Carlos Spencer and Frédéric Michalak.A pair of hands: Ben Kay.A goal-kicker: The All Blacks (ask for Andrew).Employment agency application form: John Mitchell.'007' Spy Kit: Clive Woodward.A book entitled 'What to say, and what not to say at a press conference': Dave Waterston.A DVD copy of 'Rambo': Rudolf Straeuli.

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