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Last Updated: Sunday October 21 2007 14:21 GMT

In pictures: Rugby fans gutted by England's defeat

England fans watching the game at a big screen in the UK

England fans were gutted when their heroes lost the rugby World Cup final 15-6 to South Africa at the Stade de France in Paris.

Jonny Wilkinson

The team did much better than lots of people thought they would by making it to the final, but even Jonny Wilkinson couldn't help them win their second World Cup in a row.

England fans watching the game at a big screen in the UK

The game started out well with England holding their own against the Springboks, but South Africa quickly increased their lead, shattering England's World Cup dreams.

Upset England fans

Some fans got really upset when they realised England had lost the glittering trophy.

South African fans

But South Africa's fans were delighted to see their team repeat their World Cup victory of 1995.

John Smit

Springboks captain John Smit signalled the start of their celebrations by kissing the World Cup trophy in the middle of the pitch.

South Africa captain John Smit and South African President Thabo Mbeki

South Africa's President, Thabo Mbeki, joined the players on the field to share in their victory.

England rugby fans in Paris

After the disappointment of Saturday night, some England fans decided to do a bit of sightseeing in Paris before making their way back to the UK.

England rugby fan

But for others, their attention has already turned to the next World Cup and dreams of an England victory in New Zealand in 2011.



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