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First it was the Huriana Manuel-led New Zealand women to be awarded gold medals when they beat Canada 29-12 in their final.
The conditions under which both matches took place were far from ideal but beneath thunderstorms and torrential rain a strong warning was sent out ahead of the next major tournament - the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
A Tim Mikkelson brace got New Zealand off to the perfect start before Tomasi Cama finished off a clinical move to set the tone for the rest of the match.
The veteran play-maker's perfect conversion rate ensured England trailed by 21 points at halt time.
Forced to play catch-up football, England overplayed their hand and were guilty of making basic mistakes.
That provided the prime opportunity for Gillies Kaka and Waisake Naholo to add their names to the historical score card - a record margin in a final - as New Zealand won its first World Cup since 2001.
In the women's final, Portia Woodman crossed for a double in a dominant display. She ended the tournament with a total of 12 tries.
It helped New Zealand to a 17-5 lead at the break but there was still some fight in Canada as Ghislaine Landry cut the deficit shortly after.
However, Woodman and Kayla McAlister would have the final say as New Zealand put the result beyond doubt with time to spare.
Tries: Mikkelson 2, Cama, Kaka, Waisake Naholo
Cons: Cama 3 con, Kaka
New Zealand: 29
Tries: Woodman 2, Brazier, Hireme, McAlister
Cons: Brazier, Tyla Nathan-Wong
Tries: Arielle Dubissette-Borrice, Ghislaine Landry
Cons: Ashley Steacy con
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