Pocock and Fardy look forward

Australia number eight David Pocock admits his side will "take something" out of their World Cup final defeat to New Zealand on Saturday.

Pocock was one of the stars of this tournament as he finished top of the turnover chart and while the loss hurt, he wasn't too downhearted.

"The players are all disappointed. They (New Zealand) were really good tonight and there was not much we could do really. It was as intense as we expected and there was a lot of pressure at the breakdown by both teams," he said at Twickenham.

"A lot of work has gone into it. To come up short at the final hurdle is disappointing, but that is sport. We'll take something out of it and move on."

Pocock praised his side for how they responded in the second period, as they fought their way back from 21-3 down to trail by just 21-17.

"We worked hard throughout and at that point the momentum started to swing a bit. But they held on at the end," he said as New Zealand pulled clear late on for a comfortable margin.

Meanwhile, back-row colleague Scott Fardy already had one eye on the future after he also enjoyed a strong campaign that has been long and successful after the team's difficult 2014.

"We've just got to look forward to the three-test series against England (June 2016), but we haven't really looked too far ahead now. It has been a long campaign and we'll just step back and enjoy a bit of time away from the game," he said.

"I don't think people expected us to go as far in this tournament and if one or two decisions had been different we would have achieved something really special. The future is bright; we have some really quality players and quality men coming through."