AN ARMY of partying England fans have descended on Tokyo to cheer on our rugby heroes at today’s World Cup final.
Thousands are filling bars outside Yokohama International Stadium – as 6,000 miles away Brits were seen patiently queuing up for a boozy pub breakfast.
The 9am kick-off made no difference to rugby fans here, with hundreds pictured queuing to get into pubs in South West London ahead of the game.
In Tokyo, where a 6pm start allowed for more drinking time, merry fans were seen partying in the streets and belting out “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”.
Captain Owen Farrell’s heroes will today fight in an 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.
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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
Ecstatic fan Dom Kay
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.
Roar of the Roses
FLIGHT comparison site Skyscanner said searches for trips from the UK to Tokyo have rocketed by 3,534 per cent since England’s stunning 19-7 semi-final demolition of tournament favourites New Zealand last week.
ENGLAND’S No8 Billy Vunipola, 26, had a kickabout in the team’s Tokyo hotel foyer with 16-month-old nephew Jacob — son of brother Mako, a team prop — and joked: “The game might be tougher than this.”
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.