Shortly after England had stunningly demolished the All Blacks in the semi-final of the Rugby World Cup, the back-page headline in one of Britain's posher papers asked: "Is rugby now our national sport?"
Final preparations are underway at Yokohama International Stadium, as England and South Africa stir themselves for tomorrow's Rugby World Cup final in Japan.
England defied the odds to defeat defending champions New Zealand 19-7 in the Rugby World Cup semi-final in Japan.
Rugby referee Jaco Peyper has paid the ultimate price for a controversial selfie with Wales fans, being completely overlooked for the World Cup semi-finals.
They may be considered a tier-two nation in rugby terms, but United States coach Gary Gold believes his country is more than ready to host the 2027 World Cup.
Rugby World Cup 2019 is going out of this world, quite literally, with a broadcast in space.
As expected, Ireland got back on the winning trail at the Rugby World Cup, beating Russia 35-0 in Pool A at Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe City.
In what was a masterclass of attacking rugby, New Zealand destroyed poor Canada 63-0 in Pool B of the World Cup and confirmed their status as clear favourites to lift the trophy.
Japan's newly appointed Olympics Minister Seiko Hashimoto has vowed to solve the problems which led to the national team arriving late for the first game of their Rugby World Cup.
Ranked number 19 without a Rugby World Cup victory for 16 years, Uruguay pulled off the first major surprise of the tournament, defeating Fiji 30-27 in a Pool D thriller at Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium.