YOKOHAMA At times it was brutal, often it was downright ugly, but who cares? In the end there can have been few more poignant sights than that of Siya Kolisi, the boy from a dusty, poverty-stricken South African township, on Saturday lifting the Rugby World Cup following an emphatic victory over England. | Video
TOKYO England and South Africa square up to each other on Saturday to determine who will be crowned champion at Japan's first Rugby World Cup.
TOKYO England's battle-hardened youngsters have been given the royal stamp of approval ahead of Saturday's Rugby World Cup final against South Africa, Sam Underhill told reporters in Tokyo.
TOKYO Five days ago Ben Spencer was sitting at home, feeding his children and watching England's breathtaking Rugby World Cup semi-final win over the All Blacks. Now, the emergency scrumhalf is in Tokyo and ready to fire for England in Saturday's final.
TOKYO England's scintillating performance in blowing apart the seemingly invincible All Blacks last weekend has installed them, in many people's minds, as firm favourites for Saturday's Rugby World Cup final against South Africa.
TOKYO A Japanese voice thunders out of a megaphone and political slogans drown out the voices on a Tokyo nightclub roof garden. Will Greenwood holds his head in his hands.
YOKOHAMA A hush. A dull thud. Brief silence. A roar. That was the sound of South Africa reaching their third Rugby World Cup final on Sunday. It was also the sound of Welsh hearts breaking. | Video
TOKYO All Blacks? This Rugby World Cup semi-final was all white. | Video
TOKYO Expected tactics of Wales and South Africa ahead of Sunday's Rugby World Cup semi-final at Yokohama International Stadium:
TOKYO Welsh coach Warren Gatland is bemused that many consider his side to be the underdog for this Sunday's rugby World Cup semi-final. But he hopes that continues to be the case.