Flying out to carry them home! England fans make dash to Japan

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England rugby fans are descending on Heathrow airport as they make a last-minute dash to Japan to cheer on their heroes in their bid to lift the World Cup for the first time since 2003.

Tens of thousands are expected to turn out for the final following a flurry to buy tickets on the Skyscanner website. Purchases on the site were 25 times higher than a week ago as bookings surged after England's 19-7 victory over New Zealand. 

The fixture in Yokohama is expected to break a 16-year viewing record with coverage running from 7am to 12.15pm.

The match kicks off at 9am and last week just shy of 10 million viewers tuned into the semi-final last week, making it the biggest audience for England rugby since the team's victorious World Cup campaign in 2003.

England fans shared selfies on social media as they head out to Japan

England fans gave Good Morning Britain viewers a rousing rendition of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

England fans gave Good Morning Britain viewers a rousing rendition of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (right) today as others (left) shared selfies on social media 

England fans are pictured arriving in Tokyo yesterday as tens of thousands head out to Japan to witness the Rugby World Cup final and the Lions face South Africa

England fans are pictured arriving in Tokyo yesterday as tens of thousands head out to Japan to witness the Rugby World Cup final and the Lions face South Africa 

Pictured: England fans descending on Tokyo last night, after a frenzied rush to buy tickets following the win against New Zealand in the semi-final

Pictured: England fans descending on Tokyo last night, after a frenzied rush to buy tickets following the win against New Zealand in the semi-final 

Mersey Rail's tribute to the Lions

England fans prepare to fly

England fans are up bright and early as they make a last-minute dash to Japan, with the last flight before the final scheduled for 7pm. Pictured, left, Mersey Rail's tribute to the Lions and, right, England fans prepare to fly 

Fans have been taking to social media to share their excitement this morning as tens of thousands are expected to descend on the World Cup final tomorrow when England will face South Africa

Fans have been taking to social media to share their excitement this morning as tens of thousands are expected to descend on the World Cup final tomorrow when England will face South Africa 

England supporters are already hitting Heathrow Airport this morning as they gear up for tomorrow's final against South Africa in Yokohoma

England supporters are already hitting Heathrow Airport this morning as they gear up for tomorrow's final against South Africa in Yokohoma 

England have a skills advantage with Owen Farrell (left) at No 12 and George Ford (right) playing fly-half. The players are pictured following their win against New Zealand

England have a skills advantage with Owen Farrell (left) at No 12 and George Ford (right) playing fly-half. The players are pictured following their win against New Zealand 

Anybody who is determined to fly out has until 7pm to board a flight from London to Tokyo, which would leave two hours to get to the Yokohoma stadium after landing.

Owen Farrell will lead England onto the field for the Rugby World Cup final against South Africa on Saturday and, a couple of hours later, could become only the second Englishman to lift the Webb Ellis Cup. 

Tonight he will gather England's squad in a room in a Tokyo hotel and lead a meeting where he asks all the players how they are feeling, while also delivering his own message.

'Without fail, you could hear a pin drop,' said England hooker Jamie George, who is also a teammate of Farrell's at English club Saracens. 'Everyone is hanging on every word that he says.

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