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The Stade de France

England and South Africa emerge to a packed Stade de France for the final of the 2007 Rugby World Cup

Prince William (centre) and Prince Harry (top right) cheer on England

Princes William and Harry are among an estimated 50,000 English supporters who have made the trip to Paris

The tension mounts for the England fans in the crowd

The tension mounts for the England fans in the crowd

South Africa's Bryan Habana (green) is tackled by Paul Sackey

England wing Paul Sackey gets to grips with his oppositie number and main Springbok threat, Bryan Habana, early on

England's Mathew Tait (centre) slips before giving away a penalty

South Africa take the lead when Mathew Tait slips, holds on and Percy Montgomery slots over the resulting penalty

Jonny Wilkinson misses an attempted drop goal

Jonny Wilkinson responds with a penalty kick of his own, but screws an attempted drop kick wide in a tight contest

Percy Montgomery kicks a penalty

However, Montgomery nails two more penalties, the second on the stroke of half-time to put the Springboks 9-3 ahead

England's Matthew Tait (right) leaves the South Africa defence in his wake

England start brightly after the break and Tait makes amends for his first-half slip with a blistering 50-yard run

England's Mark Cueto touches down

Tait is tackled just short of the line, but the ball is passed out to Mark Cueto who slides over for what looks like a try

Mark Cueto's left foot touches the whitewash before he touches the ball down

The decision is reverted to the Australian Television Match Official who rules that Cueto's left foot brushed the touchline

Mark Cueto reacts after his try was disallowed by the video referee

It is a tough decision to take for Cueto and the England team, but the numerous replays proved it was correct

Jonny Wilkinson kicks a second penalty for England

Referee Alain Rolland has been playing advantage though, so England pick up three points courtesy of Wilkinson's boot

Jason Robinson (right) goes off injured

But England's hopes of a comeback are dented when Jason Robinson limps out of his final game with a groin injury

Percy Montgomery collides with a television camera

The boot of Montgomery makes it 12-6 with a fourth penalty before the full-back is nudged out of play by Toby Flood

Francois Steyn (right) lines up his penalty kick

And when Ben Kay transgresses on the hour mark, Francois Steyn kicks a monster from just inside England's half

Jonny Wilkinson

Wilkinson comes up agonisingly short with another drop kick attempt with his weaker right foot as time begins to run out

South Africa captain John Smit sinks to his knees and raises his arms in celebration at the final whistle

And time does indeed run out for England as South Africa record a 15-6 victory to become world champions

(l-r) England's Peter Richards, Martin Corry, Ben Kay, Dan Hipkiss, George Chuter and Matt Stevens

There is no repeat victory for England who are disconsolate as they collect their runners-up medals

Captain John Smit (right) holds the trophy aloft while shaking hands with South Africa president Thabo Mbeki

But for South Africa, it is a deserved win and the culmination of four year's planning for captain John Smit's young team

John Smith kisses the trophy

Smit dedicated the win to the Springboks fans, saying: "Thank you very much for all your support, even in bad times."


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