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The best photographs from the Rugby World Cup

South Africa beat England in the final.

South Africa celebrate their victory (Adam Davy/PA)
South Africa celebrate their victory (Adam Davy/PA)

By PA Sport Staff

The Rugby World Cup ended in Japan on Saturday after South Africa beat England in the final.

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Here, the PA news agency picks out the best pictures from the tournament as a whole:

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South Africa’s Handre Pollard celebrates their semi-final victory over Wales (David Davies/PA)
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South Africa’s RG Snyman catches the ball (Adam Davy/PA)
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New Zealand players show the strain during their defeat by England (Adam Davy/PA)
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England’s players stare down New Zealand’s Haka in a V formation (Adam Davy/PA)
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Referee Jaco Peyper shows France’s Sebastien Vahaamahina a red card in their quarter-final loss to Wales (David Davies/PA)
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Japan fans ahead of the hosts’ quarter-final against South Africa (Adam Davy/PA)
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A desperate tackle on New Zealand’s Anton Lienert-Brown (Adam Davy/PA)
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Rory Best lifts his son Richie from the stands after playing his final match for Ireland (Adam Davy/PA)
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England’s Kyle Sinckler, left, and Joe Marler after the victory over Australia (David Davies/PA)
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Japan’s Isileli Nakajima celebrates victory over Scotland (David Davies/PA)
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Ireland’s Jordan Larmour, top, scores a try against Samoa (Adam Davy/PA)
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Wales’ Liam Williams, left, and Fiji’s Frank Lomani battle for the ball (David Davies/PA)
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France’s Damian Penaud is tackled by Tonga’s Maama Vaipulu (David Davies/PA)
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New Zealand’s TJ Perenara dives during the match against Namibia (Adam Davy/PA)
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Wales’ Leigh Halfpenny is tackled by two Uruguay players (Adam Davy/PA)
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Tom Curry is flattened by South Africa’s Faf De Klerk in the final (Adam Davy/PA)
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The faces on England’s bench says it all in the final (David Davies/PA)
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South Africa celebrate their victory (Adam Davy/PA)

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