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Millions of England fans were left disappointed as Eddie Jones’ men lost to South Africa in today’s nail-biting Rugby World Cup final.
Supporters were up early to watch the clash which saw the Springboks defeat England 32-12 in Japan.
They filled pubs across the country, in the hope the favourites England might repeat their 2003 win.
Tens of thousands of fans watched in Japan, alongside the Duke of Sussex, patron of the Rugby Football Union.
The game, which kicked off at 09:00 GMT at the Yokohama International Stadium, was England’s first World Cup final in 12 years.
But things did not go their way from the start with prop Kyle Sinckler knocked out in an accidental collision – before England conceded several penalties.
Then the Springboks put the result beyond doubt with two tries in the second half.
Pubs in London began to empty even before the final whistle, as South Africa’s name was engraved on the Webb Ellis cup for the third time.
But England fans in the Admiralty pub, in London’s Trafalgar Square, said, while they were disappointed, the best team had won.
Michael O’Donnell, 58, from Kent, said the Springboks were “a much stronger team physically” on the day.
“While I’m disappointed with the result, nothing fell England’s way and they deserved the game,” he said.
“Last week [in the semi-final against Ne
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