Rugby fans turn out to celebrate World Cup final as thousands get boozy in Japan

AN ARMY of partying English fans have descended on Tokyo to cheer on our rugby heroes at today's World Cup final.

Thousands have started flooding bars and fan zones ahead of the clash at the Yokohama International Stadium, just outside Japan's capital.

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Boozed-up fans have been pictured partying in the streets and belting out anthem 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot'.

The tie kicks-off in Yokohama, just outside Tokyo, at 6pm local time – which is 9am in the UK where millions will be watching back home.

Captain Owen Farrell’s heroes go into today's epic crunch clash with South Africa as favourites after smashing the mighty All Blacks last week.

And England fans certainly look in the mood to celebrate with thousands ready to cheer on our boys.

Calum Peters, from Cambridge, travelled to Japan with his parents to take in the atmosphere.

He told GWP Digital: “It’s been brilliant – the Japanese people have really taken the World Cup to their hearts."

Dom and Kay Allen managed to get tickets online before leaving home in Burnley on Wednesday.

Dom, 46, said: “It's such a privilege to be here. I wouldn’t sell my ticket for anything.”

It's such a privilege to be here. I wouldn’t sell my ticket for anything

Ulrich van Eck, 50, is among the ticketless hopefuls but decided to fly out from Bishop’s Stortford, Herts, to take in the occasion.

He said: “I just decided I wanted to be here. It’s the biggest game in world rugby.”

Captain Owen Farrell’s heroes go into this morning’s epic crunch clash with South Africa as favourites after smashing the mighty All Black last week.

And their final battle will be watched by millions more 6,000 miles away back home all set to drink pubs dry if they triumph.

The Queen has already hailed England's "inspirational" rugby stars ahead of the match.

In a special written message, HRH said: "Your performances during the tournament have delighted supporters, and inspired many people throughout the country.


"Elizabeth R."

Back home, Hordes of rugby supporters will enjoy a boozy breakfast as thousands of pubs open early to show the final in what could be an historic day for the English.

A million extra pints will be pulled back home if we win after thousands of boozers opened early for breakfast binges backing Eddie Jones’

Red Rose stars including Farrell, Maro Itoje, Jonny May, George Ford and the Vunipola brothers will also be cheered on in Japan by Prince Harry and the team’s stunning WAG line-up.

England followers sang their “Swing Low Sweet Chariot Anthem” and mingled happily with fans of all nations in the biggest world cup fan zone in Ginza, Tokyo.

Ticket prices were spiralling over £15,000 with reports an eye-watering £50,000 was paid for a VIP package.

And even England's World Cup heroes will pay more than £200,000 between them to take up their full allocation for tickets for Saturday's dream final.

The players have been given a free pair of tickets and can buy eight more, but World Rugby have slapped an £800 price tag on them.

That means Owen Farrell and Co are likely to have splashed out a whopping £6,400 each to have their nearest and dearest watching them in the 72,300 capacity International Stadium in Yokohama.

England Second-row George Kruis said: "Most of the lads have got family or friends or partners heading out.

"It’s been a good distraction. It’s nice to get some balance having been away for so long. It’s why most people would have started playing, being taken down to their local rugby club, parents or friends or playing with mates.

"It’s why we all started playing and you get a bit of a sense of the bigger picture, what it’s all about and what it means to your friends, family and loved ones."

Construction firm manager Martin Peacock, 48, from London splashed out ££3,700 to watch England’s 19-7 demolition of tournament favourites New Zealand last week.

And the dad of two was dreaming of final glory last night as he partied with pals in Tokyo’s Ginza fan zone.

He said: “I came out for the two semis half expecting us not to make the final – but we smashed the All Black and now I’ve got my dream ticket.

“I was at the game last week and was incredibly nervous of a classic New Zealand comback but England were just too good for them. It was incredible.

“We’re favourites going into the final but I won’t be able to relax until we get enough points on the scoreboard to be out of sight. It’s just great to be here and to be a part of it.”

Rob McEwen, 41, and pals rapidly planned their trip after seeing England’s 19-7 semi-final win over New Zealand at a pub in Surbiton, South West London.

He said: “Next thing I knew my friend Pete had sent a message that we’re booked. It came to £2,500 each with flights, tickets and hotel — all within two hours of the final whistle.”

Rugby fan Prince Harry will deliver the The Queen's message to England ace Owen Farrell and his fellow stars ahead of the match at the 72,300 capacity International Stadium in Yokohama.

Harry has already sent a number of messages of support to the team, giving them his backing through their campaign.

He also sent a note of good luck with a photo of his son Archie in a Red Rose jersey to the team.

Flanker Sam Underhill said: "As a group we've had a couple of messages from Prince Harry.

"He sent us a nice message of support, which was nice to receive.

"He showed his little lad in an England shirt, so that was a nice touch. I'm still waiting on my personal message!"

Newlyweds Rosie and Ken Marshall spent their honeymoon in Japan following their rival teams.

They returned to the UK last week only to find their country's squads would be facing one another to decide the champions, according to The Mail.

The pair will take in the match at home in Birmingham while wearing the Mr South Africa and Mrs England shirts bought for them as a wedding present.

Ken, 37, from Johannesburg, said: "Rosie and I will be happy for the other whatever the result – even if bragging rights will be decided for the next four years."

And in a video to the players in Japan, Prime Minister Boris Johnson issued his own good luck message.

He said: "I think I speak on behalf of millions of people in this country and around the world in wishing the best of luck to England in the World Cup final against South Africa today.

"I watched the match against New Zealand with mounting awe, absolutely incredible passages of play by our team against that awesome All Blacks side and looking at what you can do.

"I absolutely know that you can bring back the William Webb Ellis cup from Japan in the course of the next few hours.

"Go for it England. You've got an amazing ability to win. I've never seen a team like it.

"Come on England, win the World Cup!"

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