Rugby World Cup fever sweeps nation as 5,000 pubs to open early for final

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Despite the 9am kick-off, thousands of pubs and bars are expected to be packed for the match against South Africa in Japan. Shopping centres, racecourses and even churches have been putting up big screens. Others will be willing coach Eddie Jones's men to victory from home. Shops have reported a jump in sales of breakfast essentials, with bacon and sausages appearing to be the order of the day.

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Asda predicts it will sell an extra 72,000 sausages. The supermarket has also seen beer sales surge 26 per cent in the past week. And rival Morrisons is getting in on the act with a 10-inch St George's bap.

England fans have been buoyed by the team's storming performance against New Zealand in last Saturday's semi-final. ITV said the match attracted a peak audience of just under 10 million.

An estimated 5,000 pubs will be opening early, according to sports bar app MatchPint. And the British Beer and Pub Association forecast fans could down an extra million pints if England win.

Kate Nicholls, chief executive of trade body UK Hospitality, said: "It will be an early start for the final but for those pubs able to open and serve alcohol early, the kick-off time could be a bonus.

"Assuming England bring the cup home, fans watching the match in the pub will likely want to continue their celebrations into the afternoon and evening."

England star Henry Slade in actionEngland star Henry Slade in action in a training drill in Tokyo (Image: Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

PlayersThe players in a team bonding session (Image: Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Wetherspoon said 860 of its venues will be showing the game and will be open from 8am. But there will be no repeat of the summer's Cricket World Cup final, when fans watched England clinch victory on a big screen in London's Trafalgar Square.

And while Twickenham Stadium, home of English rugby in London, is showing the game, it is limited to big screens in one of its suites in the East Stand.The event is sold out.

But other popular venues are joining in. Cheltenham Racecourse is showing the match on a cinema screen in its Centaur function room.

Other venues showing the match include Queens Dine Bowl, an all-year round ice rink and bowling alley in London. Fans can even watch it at the birthplace of the game.

Rugby School, in Rugby, Warwickshire, will be screening the match, while serving Japanese beer and bacon rolls.

Even churches are getting in on the act. Woodgreen Church, in Worcester, is expecting more than 100 fans for its screening.

Assistant pastor Duncan Corbett said: "Rugby is pretty big here."

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