This tournament is as important to New Zealand's Pacific neighbours as it for the hosts.
New Zealand's place in the Pacific, has given Samoa, Tonga and Fiji an opportunity to play a more dominant role in this World Cup. Not just on the field, but also with exhibiting the culture and passion the Pacific people bring to rugby.
New Zealand is home to a considerable Pacific population. The World Cup has offered locals an opportunity to display pride in their (or their parents or grandparents') country of birth. A record number of Samoan, Tongan and Fijian flags have been purchased and displayed with immense pride.
A normally humble people have been vociferous in supporting their teams. Fans have hastily assembled flash mobs (substantial crowds of people) to demonstrate support for their beloved rugby heroes.
The world has been treated to a culture that normally struggles to garner exposure.
Hakas (traditional warrior dances) of various forms and types have been popularly received by fans from all over the globe. In fact, hakas have been emblazoned as being representative of Pacific rugby, and not just the New Zealand game.
Sadly for the Pacific, none of their teams made the quarterfinals. The way the tournament was structured, especially reduced rest periods between games, has been blamed for diminished results.
The last weekend of pool play saw a mixed collection of emotions for the Pacific teams.
The Fijians felt humiliation, in being destroyed by an exciting young Welsh lineup. Many consider the Fijians to be the "underperformers" of the tournament. They just didn't shine in this year's World Cup.
The Samoans were aggrieved as they felt referee incompetence had cost them their chance to upset the Springboks (the current world champions).
However, the Tongans found joy in upsetting the French. Ikale Tahi (the Sea Eagles) gave a rousing performance against Les Bleus. Their determination totally rattled French resistance.The French were suffocated of ball and given no opportunity to regroup to combat the rampant red Pacific monster.