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Blair congratulates England

November 22, 2003 18:28 IST

Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair sent his congratulations to the England team on being crowned world champions after their 20-17 victory over Australia in Sydney today.

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Blair, who watched the nail-biting World Cup final at his country residence Chequers, said: "This was a fantastic day for English rugby and for England. The team can be proud of their performance, their spirit, and above all their character."

England defeated the defending champions and hosts in a dramatic final, with a drop goal by talismanic flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson seconds from the end of extra time proving the difference between the sides.

"It was a victory they worked for and the whole country can be proud of them," said Blair in a statement.

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