New Zealand has crushed Argentina to win the Rugby World Cup - the Parliamentary Rugby World Cup that is.

The New Zealand team made up of MPs, political advisers and guest players including an ex-All Black made a strong start and won "about 40-nil" in the final played in Auckland according to captain and National MP for Napier Chris Tremain.

"We played well, we had a good team on the paddock. We scored well in the first quarter."

Stand out players for New Zealand included National MP for Maungakiekie Sam Lotu-liga who scored a "superb" try from a short lineout.


Another star was ex All-Black Ofisa Tonu'u whose kicking game has been a feature of the parliamentary side for a number of years. He kicked three or four conversions yesterday.

Props Kelvin Davis and Chester Borrows had solid games as did loose forward Damien O'Connor, while rangy line out specialist Cam Calder was "on fire".

Mr Tremain, the son of sixties All Black great Kel Tremain, was unwilling to say whether he lived up to his late father's legacy.

"I'll leave that for others to make that call."

The tournament began on Sunday and also included teams from France, South Africa, Australia, Japan and the United Kingdom.

New Zealand made to the by final beating France 44-nil in Wellington and overcoming South Africa 13-7 in their toughest test in Rotorua.

Mr Tremain hoped the result, New Zealand's fourth triumph in the tournament which has been played five times, was an omen of things to come for the real Rugby World Cup, "'but one has to be very careful about making these sorts of comments".

"We hope it's an indication of the success of the New Zealand team."