Disappointment for England rugby fans atter World Cup glory hopes dashed
Heartbroken rugby fans have had their hopes of World Cup glory dashed after South Africa’s victory in Japan this morning.
Supporters had to shelve their dreams for another four years after an early start to watch England’s 32-12 loss in the Yokohama Stadium.
Prince Harry was among the anxious faces in the crowd, while thousands of ordinary supporters had forked out to make the journey to fill out the stands.
Despite the disappointment, most people were magnanimous about South Africa’s victory.
Boris Johnson had tweeted a picture of himself watching the game with his dog, with the caption: “Come on England!”
He later wrote: “Hats off to South Africa who were just rocklike in defence today but @EnglandRugby can hold their heads high after an amazing tournament.”
Former England player turned pundit Brian Moore tweeted: “Congratulations to South Africa – world champions with a fantastic physical and technical display in the set piece and at the breakdown.
“No complaints; England outplayed in every area.”
Jeremy Corbyn wrote: “Commiserations to @englandrugby. It wasn’t to be today but you’ve done us proud throughout this World Cup.”
Sadiq Khan posted: “Thank you @englandrugby for a terrific, thrilling tournament. You did us proud!
“Congratulations to South Africa on the win. #RWC2019”
Harpenden Rugby club – where three of the World Cup team including captain Owen Farrell trained – hosted a big event for fans.
So many England fans turned up they were forced to stand outside to watch the game despite the pouring rain.
Elsewhere, Crewe & Nantwich RUFC – the club England flanker Tom Curry and his twin brother Ben played for up to the age of 16 – were hosting a screening of the final.
Some fans had even fashioned their own Tom Curry masks.
Vice chair Andy Pemberton, who did some coaching with the twins during their time at the club, told the PA news agency ahead of the match: “To see one of your guys walking out, knowing he’s played at the pitches here at Crewe & Nantwich is something special. The chest puffs out.
“You see him belting out the national anthem and it brings a tear to your eye.”