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The Duke of Sussex has praised the England rugby team for an 'outstanding job' and urged them to hold their heads high after their dreams of Rugby World Cup victory ended in disappointment.

Harry, who joined Japan's Crown Prince Akishino in the stands for the final in Yokohama, said the players should be 'incredibly proud' of their achievement, despite their 32-12 loss to South Africa.

'Tonight was not England's night,' the duke said, in a message posted on the Sussex Royal Instagram account.

'But the whole nation is incredibly proud of what @EnglandRugby have achieved over the past few months,' he added.

'Hold your heads high boys, you did an outstanding job and we couldn't have asked more from you.'

After the match, Harry paid a visit to the victors' changing room. He shook hands with several of the players as he commended the team on their performance, and appeared in good spirits despite England fans now having to shelve their dreams for another four years.

The Duke of Sussex has praised the England rugby team for an 'outstanding job' and urged them to hold their heads high after their dreams of Rugby World Cup victory ended in disappointment. He posted his message on the Sussex Royal Instagram account, alongside footage of him hugging South Africa's president, Cyril Ramaphosa, after the game

The Duke of Sussex has praised the England rugby team for an 'outstanding job' and urged them to hold their heads high after their dreams of Rugby World Cup victory ended in disappointment. He posted his message on the Sussex Royal Instagram account, alongside footage of him hugging South Africa's president, Cyril Ramaphosa, after the game

Prince Harry congratulates RG Snyman of South Africa following his team's victory against England in the Rugby World Cup. The Duke watched the game in Yokohama, Japan, from the stands alongside Crown Prince Akishino, 53, and his wife Princess Kiko, 53

Prince Harry congratulates RG Snyman of South Africa following his team's victory against England in the Rugby World Cup. The Duke watched the game in Yokohama, Japan, from the stands alongside Crown Prince Akishino, 53, and his wife Princess Kiko, 53

Prince Harry talks to Japan's Crown Prince Akishino during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match between England and South Africa at the International Stadium

Prince Harry talks to Japan's Crown Prince Akishino during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match between England and South Africa at the International Stadium

The Duke, who also watched the game alongside Albert II, Prince of Monaco, 61, told players: 'Sorry to ruin the party briefly, but congratulations - that was outstanding. 

'I genuinely believe that rugby has the ability to unite everyone around the world. And I could not think of a nation that needs it more than you guys right now. So on that, well done.'

South African prop Tendai Mtawarira welcomed Harry to the changing room, saying: 'We just want to welcome you to our changing room Prince Harry. It's a massive honour to have you in our presence. We are all big fans of you and we hope that the family is well, Meghan and baby Archie.'

The Duke of Sussex had earlier labelled the competition 'incredible' as he commended Japan for their respect during the competition.  

Lodewyk de Jager of South Africa also spoke to the Prince following the South African victory. Many of the team members treated themselves to a beer following their victory

Lodewyk de Jager of South Africa also spoke to the Prince following the South African victory. Many of the team members treated themselves to a beer following their victory

Siya Kolisi of South Africa takes a picture with his team mates and the Web Ellis Cup inside the dressing room following their team's victory against England in the Rugby World Cup 2019 final

Siya Kolisi of South Africa takes a picture with his team mates and the Web Ellis Cup inside the dressing room following their team's victory against England in the Rugby World Cup 2019 final

Faf de Klerk of South Africa drinks from the Webb Ellis Cup as he celebrates victory. The team were treated to pizza, meats and beer following their victory

Faf de Klerk of South Africa drinks from the Webb Ellis Cup as he celebrates victory. The team were treated to pizza, meats and beer following their victory

The Duke of Sussex congratulates Tendai Mtawarira, Trevor Nyakane and Mbongeni Mbonambi of South Africa

The Duke of Sussex congratulates Tendai Mtawarira, Trevor Nyakane and Mbongeni Mbonambi of South Africa

Prince Harry (centre) poses for a photo with Siya Kolisi of South Africa (left) holding the Web Ellis cup and Tendai Mtawarira of South Africa (right) after the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final

Prince Harry (centre) poses for a photo with Siya Kolisi of South Africa (left) holding the Web Ellis cup and Tendai Mtawarira of South Africa (right) after the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final

The Duke of Sussex congratulates Pieter-Steph du Toit of South Africa following the game. England, who had been favourites going into the final after brilliantly beating New Zealand in the semis, had a shaky first half which saw them lose Kyle Sinckler to a head injury early in the game, the prop appearing to have been knocked out cold in a collision

The Duke of Sussex congratulates Pieter-Steph du Toit of South Africa following the game. England, who had been favourites going into the final after brilliantly beating New Zealand in the semis, had a shaky first half which saw them lose Kyle Sinckler to a head injury early in the game, the prop appearing to have been knocked out cold in a collision

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 (he is pictured congratulating the South African team after the game)

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 (he is pictured congratulating the South African team after the game)

The Duke of Sussex joined Japan's Crown Prince Akishino in the stands for the Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama after predicting it would be a 'fantastic game' (he is pictured congratulating the South African team following the game)

The Duke of Sussex joined Japan's Crown Prince Akishino in the stands for the Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama after predicting it would be a 'fantastic game' (he is pictured congratulating the South African team following the game)

Prince Harry shares a beer with the South Africa team following their victory today. He told the team: 'Sorry to ruin the party briefly, but congratulations that was outstanding. I genuinely believe that rugby has the ability to unite everyone around the world. And I could not think of a nation that needs it more than you guys right now. So on that, well done'

Prince Harry shares a beer with the South Africa team following their victory today. He told the team: 'Sorry to ruin the party briefly, but congratulations that was outstanding. I genuinely believe that rugby has the ability to unite everyone around the world. And I could not think of a nation that needs it more than you guys right now. So on that, well done'

Damian de Allende of South Africa poses for a portrait with the Web Ellis Cup following his team's victory against England in the Rugby World Cup 2019 final

Damian de Allende of South Africa poses for a portrait with the Web Ellis Cup following his team's victory against England in the Rugby World Cup 2019 final

Faf de Klerk of South Africa poses for a portrait with the Web Ellis Cup following his team's victory against England in the Rugby World Cup 2019 final

Franco Mostert of South Africa poses for a portrait with the Web Ellis Cup following his team's victory against England in the Rugby World Cup 2019 final

Faf de Klerk (left) and Franco Mostert (right) of South Africa poses for a portrait with the Web Ellis Cup following his team's victory against England in the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final

Mbongeni Mbonambi of South Africa poses for a portrait with the Web Ellis Cup following his team's victory against England

Mbongeni Mbonambi of South Africa poses for a portrait with the Web Ellis Cup following his team's victory against England

RG Snyman, of South Africa, poses with the trophy following his team's victory. England fans have now had to shelve their dreams for another four years after an early start to watch England's 32-12 loss in the Yokohama Stadium

RG Snyman, of South Africa, poses with the trophy following his team's victory. England fans have now had to shelve their dreams for another four years after an early start to watch England's 32-12 loss in the Yokohama Stadium

Harry arrived in Tokyo on Saturday, with wife Meghan and son Archie remaining at home, and delivered a good luck message to the England team from the Queen (he is pictured with Jesse Kriel of South Africa following his team's victory against England)

Harry arrived in Tokyo on Saturday, with wife Meghan and son Archie remaining at home, and delivered a good luck message to the England team from the Queen (he is pictured with Jesse Kriel of South Africa following his team's victory against England)

Before the match, the duke said the tournament had been 'incredible', and praised Japan for its hosting. In a video shared by the official Rugby World Cup Twitter account, Harry said: 'Our guys know what to do. May the best team win. I think the competition is going to finish the way it started, which is spectacularly' (he is pictured with Cheslin Kolbe of South Africa)

Before the match, the duke said the tournament had been 'incredible', and praised Japan for its hosting. In a video shared by the official Rugby World Cup Twitter account, Harry said: 'Our guys know what to do. May the best team win. I think the competition is going to finish the way it started, which is spectacularly' (he is pictured with Cheslin Kolbe of South Africa)

Earlier, Harry warmed up for the final at a training session for would-be Japanese Paralympians - and discovered that one or two of them were rooting for England's opponents (he is pictured after the game congratulating Steven Kitshoff of South Africa)

Earlier, Harry warmed up for the final at a training session for would-be Japanese Paralympians - and discovered that one or two of them were rooting for England's opponents (he is pictured after the game congratulating Steven Kitshoff of South Africa) 

The Duke of Sussex congratulates Faf de Klerk of South Africa following his team's victory over England in the Rugby World

The Duke of Sussex congratulates Faf de Klerk of South Africa following his team's victory over England in the Rugby World

South Africa beat England 32-12 to capture its third Rugby World Cup title and produced a first along the way, with winger Makazole Mapimpi scoring a drought-breaking try (pictured Siya Kolisi of South Africa)

South Africa beat England 32-12 to capture its third Rugby World Cup title and produced a first along the way, with winger Makazole Mapimpi scoring a drought-breaking try (pictured Siya Kolisi of South Africa)

The Springboks won the titles in 1995 against New Zealand and in 2007 against England in try-less finals, but have now secured their third (pictured Lodewyk de Jager and RG Snyman of South Africa)

The Springboks won the titles in 1995 against New Zealand and in 2007 against England in try-less finals, but have now secured their third (pictured Lodewyk de Jager and RG Snyman of South Africa)

England were well and truly broken, collapsing to the equal second-heaviest defeat in Rugby World Cup final history (pictured RG Snyman of South Africa poses for a portrait with the Web Ellis Cup)

England were well and truly broken, collapsing to the equal second-heaviest defeat in Rugby World Cup final history (pictured RG Snyman of South Africa poses for a portrait with the Web Ellis Cup)

Damian de Allende of South Africa poses for a portrait with the Web Ellis Cup following his team's victory against England

Lodewyk de Jager of South Africa poses for a portrait with the Web Ellis Cup following his team's victory against England

It was South Africa's third world title following successes in 1995 and 2007 - the latter was also against England - and they gained a rich reward for an outstanding performance (left and right, Damian de Allende and Lodewyk de Jager of South Africa)

Trevor Nyakane of South Africa poses for a portrait with the Web Ellis Cup following his team's victory against England in the Rugby World Cup 2019 final

Trevor Nyakane of South Africa poses for a portrait with the Web Ellis Cup following his team's victory against England in the Rugby World Cup 2019 final

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex speaks to Siya Kolisi of South Africa holding the Web Ellis cup following his team's victory against England

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex speaks to Siya Kolisi of South Africa holding the Web Ellis cup following his team's victory against England

South Africa won the Rugby World Cup for a record-tying third time on Saturday, using its power at the set piece to seize control before scoring two clinical late tries through its wingers in a 32-12 victory over England (pictured, RG Snyman celebrating victory in the changing room)

South Africa won the Rugby World Cup for a record-tying third time on Saturday, using its power at the set piece to seize control before scoring two clinical late tries through its wingers in a 32-12 victory over England (pictured, RG Snyman celebrating victory in the changing room)

Faf de Klerk of South Africa swigs some beer as he celebrates victory over England in the Rugby World Cup final today

Faf de Klerk of South Africa swigs some beer as he celebrates victory over England in the Rugby World Cup final today

Mbongeni Mbonambi of South Africa celebrates in the South Africa changing room following his team's victory against England in the Rugby World Cup 2019 final

Mbongeni Mbonambi of South Africa celebrates in the South Africa changing room following his team's victory against England in the Rugby World Cup 2019 final

Duane Vermeulen (L) and Francois Louw of South Africa (R) pose for a portrait with the Web Ellis Cup following his team's victory against England in the Rugby World Cup 2019 final

Duane Vermeulen (L) and Francois Louw of South Africa (R) pose for a portrait with the Web Ellis Cup following his team's victory against England in the Rugby World Cup 2019 final

South Africa today's game dominated throughout and wrapped up victory in the final quarter with tries from wingers Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe (pictured,

South Africa today's game dominated throughout and wrapped up victory in the final quarter with tries from wingers Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe (pictured, 

Vincent Koch of South Africa poses for a portrait with the Web Ellis Cup. English expectation that Eddie Jones' side would write their names in to rugby history turned into despair for fans both at home and abroad

Vincent Koch of South Africa poses for a portrait with the Web Ellis Cup. English expectation that Eddie Jones' side would write their names in to rugby history turned into despair for fans both at home and abroad

Franco Mostert of South Africa celebrates victory with his winner medal in the changing room after the Rugby World Cup 2019 final

Franco Mostert of South Africa celebrates victory with his winner medal in the changing room after the Rugby World Cup 2019 final

Prince Harry was among the anxious faces in the crowd today, while thousands of ordinary supporters had forked out to make the journey to fill out the stands (he is pictured congratulating the South African team after their victory today)

Prince Harry was among the anxious faces in the crowd today, while thousands of ordinary supporters had forked out to make the journey to fill out the stands (he is pictured congratulating the South African team after their victory today)

Cheslin Kolbe of South Africa (left) and Willie Le Roux of South Africa (right) pose for a photo with their gold medals in the South Africa changing room

Cheslin Kolbe of South Africa (left) and Willie Le Roux of South Africa (right) pose for a photo with their gold medals in the South Africa changing room

In a tense and scrappy contest, dominated by penalties, South Africa went up by nine points before England captain Owen Farrell cut the deficit to six. 

However, an England fightback failed to materialise with two late South African tries seeing the rampant Springboks crush Farrell's men by 20 points.   

England, who had been favourites going into the final after brilliantly beating New Zealand in the semis, had a shaky first half which saw them lose Kyle Sinckler to a head injury early in the game, the prop appearing to have been knocked out cold in a collision.  

They never seemed to recover, spending all match chasing a South African team that outclassed them and opened up leads with multiple penalties before adding their two game-winning late tries. 

Following the match, England coach Eddie Jones was praised by fans for his honesty after he admitted that England had 'no excuses' for the loss, refusing to blame the injury or reports of a late bus to the stadium.  

Prince Harry led thousands of supporters watching in the stadium, while millions of fans flocked to pubs and bars all over England, despite the 9am kick-off UK time.  

The Duke of Sussex was joined by Prince Albert of Monaco and Japan's Crown Prince Akishino at the ground to watch the match.

Owen Farrell's men had hoped to defeat South Africa to win England's second Web Ellis Cup, after the famous Johnny Wilkinson-inspired triumph in 2003.  

They also wanted to avenge their defeat to South Africa in the 2007 Rugby World Cup final, but, instead, history repeated itself with another Springbok victory. It is the third time England have lost a Rugby World Cup final. 

After the match, some England players refused to wear their loser's medals, ripping them off shortly after being handed them. The footage led to some fans branding the players 'disrespectful', though others were sympathetic. 

A South African fan consolidates an England supporter following their defeat in the Rugby World Cup today (the two are pictured at the Prince of Wales pub in Mosley, Birmingham)

A South African fan consolidates an England supporter following their defeat in the Rugby World Cup today (the two are pictured at the Prince of Wales pub in Mosley, Birmingham)

Dejected England fans watch the Rugby World Cup final screening at Old Albanian RFC, St Albans

Dejected England fans watch the Rugby World Cup final screening at Old Albanian RFC, St Albans

Rugby fans (pictured at Boxpark in Croydon, south east London) up and down the country are drowning their sorrows after they woke up at the crack of dawn - only to see England lose the World Cup final to South Africa

Rugby fans (pictured at Boxpark in Croydon, south east London) up and down the country are drowning their sorrows after they woke up at the crack of dawn - only to see England lose the World Cup final to South Africa

England struggled to cope with the South African team throughout the match and spent the whole game chasing their opponents

England struggled to cope with the South African team throughout the match and spent the whole game chasing their opponents

England fans watching a big screen broadcast at Newcastle Falcons' Kingston Park ground in Newcastle this morning despair as their team loses heavily to South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama, Japan today

England fans watching a big screen broadcast at Newcastle Falcons' Kingston Park ground in Newcastle this morning despair as their team loses heavily to South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama, Japan today

Siya Kolisi, South Africa captain, lifts the Web Ellis cup following his team's victory against England in the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final in Yokohama, Japan

Siya Kolisi, South Africa captain, lifts the Web Ellis cup following his team's victory against England in the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final in Yokohama, Japan

England players receive silver medals after the Rugby World Cup final between England and South Africa at International Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama, Japan

England players receive silver medals after the Rugby World Cup final between England and South Africa at International Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama, Japan

South Africa's flanker Siya Kolisi (centre) lifts the Webb Ellis Cup as they celebrate winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup final

South Africa's flanker Siya Kolisi (centre) lifts the Webb Ellis Cup as they celebrate winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup final

Prince Harry watches as England slip to a heavy defeat against South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final

Britain's Prince Harry (left) talks to Japan's Crown Prince Akishino during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final between England and South Africa

Prince Harry (left) watches as England slip to a heavy defeat against South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final. Harry sat Japan's Crown Prince Akishino during the match

Cheslin Kolbe of South Africa poses with his daughter, Kylah and wife, Layla following his team's victory against England in the Rugby World Cup 2019

Cheslin Kolbe of South Africa poses with his daughter, Kylah and wife, Layla following his team's victory against England in the Rugby World Cup 2019

South Africa's Damian de Allende celebrates at the end of the match after South Africa defeated England to win the Rugby World Cup final

South Africa's Damian de Allende celebrates at the end of the match after South Africa defeated England to win the Rugby World Cup final

Japan's Crown Prince Akishino (left) hands the Webb Ellis Cup to South Africa's Siya Kolisi after they defeated England in the Rugby World Cup final

Japan's Crown Prince Akishino (left) hands the Webb Ellis Cup to South Africa's Siya Kolisi after they defeated England in the Rugby World Cup final

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seen watching the rugby World Cup final at home with his and girlfriend Carrie's pet dog Dilyn

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seen watching the rugby World Cup final at home with his and girlfriend Carrie's pet dog Dilyn 

Dejected England players react after the Rugby World Cup final defeat against South Africa in Yokohama, Japan today

Dejected England players react after the Rugby World Cup final defeat against South Africa in Yokohama, Japan today

The South African team celebrate at the final whistle after beating England 32-12 in the Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama, Japan

The South African team celebrate at the final whistle after beating England 32-12 in the Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama, Japan

England players look on dejectedly as the South Africa team celebrate winning the Rugby World Cup in Yokohama, Japan

England players look on dejectedly as the South Africa team celebrate winning the Rugby World Cup in Yokohama, Japan 

England's players huddle after losing the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match against South Africa in Yokohama today

England's players huddle after losing the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match against South Africa in Yokohama today

England struggled against South Africa throughout the whole match and conceded two late tries to the rampant Springboks

England struggled against South Africa throughout the whole match and conceded two late tries to the rampant Springboks

England's players react after losing the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match between England and South Africa

England's players react after losing the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match between England and South Africa

Flanker Sam Underhill's girlfriend Josie Jennings got into the spirit today, posting this picture with Zoe Hallack, partner of Jonathan Joseph, ahead of the match

Flanker Sam Underhill's girlfriend Josie Jennings got into the spirit today, posting this picture with Zoe Hallack, partner of Jonathan Joseph, ahead of the match

A bloodied Billy Vunipola of England looks dejected as his team lose to South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama, Japan

A bloodied Billy Vunipola of England looks dejected as his team lose to South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama, Japan

England's players look dejected as they slip to a heavy defeat against South Africa in the final of the Rugby World Cup in Japan

England's players look dejected as they slip to a heavy defeat against South Africa in the final of the Rugby World Cup in Japan

South Africa celebrate as they take a commanding lead in the Rugby World Cup final, winning comfortably against England

South Africa celebrate as they take a commanding lead in the Rugby World Cup final, winning comfortably against England

England's Maro Itoje looks on during the 2019 Rugby World Cup final match at Yokohama Stadium as the team try to fight back

England's Maro Itoje looks on during the 2019 Rugby World Cup final match at Yokohama Stadium as the team try to fight back

England lose to South Africa after conceding two late tries in the second half of the World Cup final in Yokohama, Japan

England lose to South Africa after conceding two late tries in the second half of the World Cup final in Yokohama, Japan

England head coach Eddie Jones, speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, said: 'We just couldn't get on the front foot. We were dominated in the scrum particularly in the first 50 minutes. When you're in a tight, penalty-driven riven game, its difficult to get any sort of advantage. 

'They were too good for us at the breakdown today. That's the great thing about rugby, one day you're the best team in the world and the next a team knocks you off.'

He also insisted that England had no excuses for the defeat and simply lost to the better team. 

'We'll be kicking stones for four years,' said the England boss.

'It's hard to kick stones for four years. I can't tell you how much respect I have for these players - it's not because of lack of effort.

'Obviously not it is not the outcome I expected.

'We couldn't get into the game, and didn't take our opportunities. It was one of those days.

'South Africa were worthy winners, they were the better team on the day.'

When asked about his future with his adopted nation Jones added: 'The only thing we will worry about now is having a few beers, then a few beers tomorrow… and probably Monday too, then we might have to pull up stumps.

'We are the second best team in the world. We didn't meet our goal.

'The players prepared tremendously well and showed great pride, passion but got caught short today.

'I can't doubt the effort of the players - they were extraordinary.' 

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex shakes hands with Albert II, Prince of Monaco in the stands during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex shakes hands with Albert II, Prince of Monaco in the stands during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final

Prince Harry talks to Japan's Crown Prince Akishino during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match between England and South Africa

Prince Harry talks to Japan's Crown Prince Akishino during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match between England and South Africa

The Duke of Sussex, 35, said the competition has been 'incredible' as he arrived for England's clash against South Africa today

The Duke of Sussex, 35, said the competition has been 'incredible' as he arrived for England's clash against South Africa today

As he arrived, Prince Harry (pictured with Japan's Crown Prince Akishino) said: 'The way [the Japanese] respect each other, the way they've respected the game, and the way they've respected the travelling teams. Typically Japanese, remarkable.'

As he arrived, Prince Harry (pictured with Japan's Crown Prince Akishino) said: 'The way [the Japanese] respect each other, the way they've respected the game, and the way they've respected the travelling teams. Typically Japanese, remarkable.'

England Rugby fans watching at Sandy Park stadium, the home of the Exeter Chiefs, as their team lost heavily to South Africa

England Rugby fans watching at Sandy Park stadium, the home of the Exeter Chiefs, as their team lost heavily to South Africa

Despondent fans (pictured at Newcastle's Falcons' ground at Kingston Park) shook their heads in despair as the England players trailed behind their South African counterparts

Despondent fans (pictured at Newcastle's Falcons' ground at Kingston Park) shook their heads in despair as the England players trailed behind their South African counterparts

A family of fans looked disappointed at Harpenden Rugby Club in Hertfordshire after the final whistle blew in Japan

A family of fans looked disappointed at Harpenden Rugby Club in Hertfordshire after the final whistle blew in Japan 

A young fan covers his face with his knees as another is consoled by his mother at the Leicester Tigers' ground today

A young fan covers his face with his knees as another is consoled by his mother at the Leicester Tigers' ground today 

Fans at Boxpark in Wembley, north west London, looked downtrodden as their eyes were glued to the screen during the game

Fans at Boxpark in Wembley, north west London, looked downtrodden as their eyes were glued to the screen during the game

England's George Ford and Ben Youngs look dejected as the team slips to a 12-6 deficit following a tough first half against South Africa

England's George Ford and Ben Youngs look dejected as the team slips to a 12-6 deficit following a tough first half against South Africa

Owen Farrell of England leads his players off the pitch for the half time break during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final between England and South Africa in Yokohama, Japan

Owen Farrell of England leads his players off the pitch for the half time break during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final between England and South Africa in Yokohama, Japan

Following the match, rugby fans up and down the country drowned their sorrows, after flocking in their millions to watch the game despite the early start. 

A number of politicians also expressed their disappointment following the defeat.

Boris Johnson had tweeted a picture of himself watching the game with his dog Dilyn, with the caption: 'Come on England!'

After the match, he wrote: 'Hats off to South Africa who were just rocklike in defence today but @EnglandRugby can hold their heads high after an amazing tournament.'

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