Mako Vunipola Rory Best’s send-off and four other memorable moments from the Rugby World Cup

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Mako Vunipola Rory Best after his final game
Rory Best after his final game

The Rugby World Cup draws to a close on Saturday, when England take on South Africa in the final.

Here are five unforgettable moments from a memorable six weeks in Japan.

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England stand up to the Haka

How to respond to the All Blacks’ Haka has been a conundrum for many teams. England’s tactic ahead of their semi-final was a V formation, the brainchild of head coach Eddie Jones. Mako Vunipola said: “We wanted to be respectful but we wanted to also make sure that they understood that we would be ready for the fight.” It worked perfectly, with Manu Tuilagi’s second-minute try setting the stage for a famous victory.

Japan pays its respects

The real final is not until this weekend but, for the home nation, their fi

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