Australia sets sights on Rugby World Cup 2019

6:56 pm on 1 November 2015

As New Zealand celebrates the All Blacks' historic win, Australia is already planning ahead to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The All Blacks secured their third championship title and won back-to-back victories when they beat the Wallabies 34-17 in the final at Twickenham in London on Sunday.

Watch the video highlights of the RWC 2015 final here:

Rugby pundits are already calling this All Blacks team the greatest ever.

But the win and the end of this World Cup campaign will see a big changing of the guard for the All Blacks.

Kieran Read, the man picked to replace Richie McCaw as captain when he retires, said it was great to send off outgoing players Ma'a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Dan Carter and Keven Mealamu on a winning note.

"We're really proud of the legacy that those guys are going to leave. This has been a phenomenal team over the last few years. It's been a pleasure to be part of it," he said.

"Every time you pull on the All Black jersey, you want to do well, so we'll certainly get a great bunch of guys to turn up next year and do that."

All Blacks Kieran Read, left, and Richie McCaw lift the Webb Ellis cup

All Blacks Kieran Read, left, and Richie McCaw lift the Webb Ellis Cup. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

While New Zealand appears focused on next year's campaign, Australia is looking even further ahead.

The team's coach, Michael Cheika, has vowed to go one better than this World Cup in Japan 2019.

"This part of the tournament for us, I said to the guys 'don't be counting down, lads, this is just the start'," he said.

"We're just starting, you know, and we want to do really good things for Australian rugby going forward - both by the way we play the game, and hopefully the results as well by consequence."

In the meantime though, the All Blacks will continue to celebrate their win, especially Dan Carter who scored 19 of New Zealand's 34 points, earning him the man of the match award.

Australia's head coach Michael Cheika (R) reacts after losing the final match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham stadium, south west London, on October 31, 2015.

Michael Cheika, right, reacts after losing the final of the 2015 Rugby World Cup at Twickenham, London. Photo: AFP

Australia's lock Dean Mumm catches the ball in a line out during the final match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham.

Australia's lock Dean Mumm catches the ball in a line-out during today's final. Photo: AFP

Ma'a Nonu runs to score his team's second try during the final match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Australia.

Ma'a Nonu runs to score the All Blacks' second try. Photo: AFP

All Blacks celebrate RWC2015

The All Blacks celebrate after the final whistle of the match. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

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