England fans are going to extraordinary lengths to attend the World Cup final


England stand 80 minutes away from their first taste of World Cup glory in 16 years. 

A chance to avenge their demons in a replay of the 2007 final, Eddie Jones' men have peaked at the perfect time as they face the daunting prospect of meeting South Africa. 

It all feels that little bit less daunting, however, after that perfectly orchestrated 19-7 destruction of New Zealand. 

Jones, on the Springboks' staff all those years ago, knows better than anyone that his side will have to pluck another such performance out of the air to lift the Webb Ellis Cup. 

England silenced any doubts about their line out, but they won't be resting easy against a South Africa unit who have been second-favourites from the very first day of the tournament. 

Scrum-half Faf de Klerk will be key, the "mini Hercules" who will be at the heart of proceedings. Stop him, and the Red Rose have a chance. 

Let's just hope England fans aren't experiencing heartache this time around - especially given the lengths to which some of them are going to see the game live.

The nation was in a state of jubilation by 11am on Saturday morning and some supporters got a little carried away. 

As seen on BBC Sport, one fan, Rob McEwan, turned up to the pub just before 9am to watch the semi-final. By midday he'd booked tickets to Tokyo for the final.


Rob and his friends didn't have enough annual leave at work, hence why they're arriving in Japan just five hours before kick-off and leaving in the early afternoon of Sunday. They're going via Shanghai too, so it's around two days of travelling for 25 hours. 

Each member of the group is paying around £2,500. 

Steve Buckingham, likewise, is making sure he gets cheaper flights by flying out of Osaka the day after the final - that's 313 miles south of the capital. 

Then there's the story of Rob Lewis - remember the guy who booked his flights while 'four or five pints down' even though he was on crutches? Well, it seems the plot has thickened. 

Under his username @roblewi5 he's been documenting the story of how he paid a random stranger on Twitter £1000 for a spare ticket. And then he started to give the following updates: 

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And all because his mates bet him he wouldn't do it. Fingers crossed he gets that ticket!

Per the same report, some second-hand tickets cost around £10,000 while flights have gone up by 3,534%. 

If England win, it'll be worth every penny. 

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