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In pictures: England agony as South Africa win Rugby World Cup

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It was fun while it lasted…

England fans at The Merchants Inn in Rugby, Warwickshire

England’s dreams ended in tears on Saturday, with South Africa winning the Rugby World Cup final.

The Springboks beat England 32-12 at the International Stadium Yokohama, in a thrilling finale.

Fans flocked to pubs across the country to enjoy the game – but ultimately were left drowning their sorrows.

Dejected England fans at Crewe and Nantwich RFC
Dejected England fans at Crewe and Nantwich RFC (Peter Byrne/PA)
England fans
It wasn’t meant to be – scenes at Harpenden Rugby Club, St Albans (Joe Giddens/PA)
Fans at The Merchants Inn in Rugby, Warwickshire
Fans at The Merchants Inn in Rugby, Warwickshire (Jacob King/PA)
England fans
Even the pumpkin looked disappointed (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)
England fans watch the match at Sale Rugby Club
England fans watch the match at Sale Rugby Club (Ian Hodgson/PA)

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A tense moment at Sale Rugby Club
A tense moment at Sale (Ian Hodgson/PA)
England fans
There’s always next time… (Ian Hodgson/PA)
Fans at The Sussex Arms in Twickenham
Fans at The Sussex Arms in Twickenham (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)
Fans watch rugby final
Some couldn’t bear to look (Jacob King/PA)
Duke of Sussex
The Duke of Sussex watched the game alongside Japan’s Crown Prince Akishino (Christophe Ena/AP)

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