England rugby fans will today cheer on their side as they take on South Africa in an epic World Cup Final match.
But perhaps the players’ biggest fans – their wives and girlfriends – have also travelled to Japan to cheer on their heroes as they vie for World Cup glory at Yokohama International Stadium.
Some 5,000 pubs and bars are opening early – including 2,000 in London – as eager fans prepare to watch England contest the showpiece match for only the fourth time in history as anticipation reaches fever pitch.
England’s rugby stars and their glamorous wives and girlfriends enjoyed the sights of Tokyo before the match – which started at 9am UK time – as fans back in Britain made a late dash to Japan to cheer them on.
Flanker Sam Underhill’s girlfriend Josie Jennings got into the spirit today, posting this picture with Zoe Hallack, partner of Jonathan Joseph
Megan Browse, partner of Henry Slade, posted this image with the caption: ‘This rugby malarkey isn’t too bad! As I have gained three beautiful friends’ tagging Jonathan Joseph’s partner Zoe Hallack and Sam Underhill’s girlfriend Josie Jennings
Amanda McClatchie, partner of Piers Francis, posted this selfie along with the caption: ‘Let’s go England!!’
Amanda, who is close friends with Saturdays singer Una Healy, paid tribute to fiance Piers with touching a touching post saying ‘I love you’ as she cheers him on in Japan
Jessica Portman (right), fiance of George Ford, posted this image following England’s stunning victory over New Zealand
Perfect match! Jessica is a regular at the Leicester Tigers stadium, where Ford plays his club rugby. The couple have been dating for nearly four years and announced their engagement in June
Jess posted this sweet ‘Meghan and Harry-esque’ engagement shot after George popped the question in June. Originally from Bath, brunette Jessica is a graduate in Business and Fashion from Manchester University and recently launched her own fashion store in London – an eponymous boutique called Portman
Jessica Lawes, partner of Northampton Saints player Courtney, posted this image of the couple yesterday as England prepared to take on South Africa
Amanda McClatchie posted this snap of Jessica Lawes to her Instagram story as the wags prepared to cheer on their men in Japan
The couple married in 2015 and Jessica now runs her own parenting website, regularly blogging about the family’s busy lives
Henry Slade paid tribute to his partner Megan Browse on Instagram in October, thanking her for attending some of the earlier games in Japan
The couple, pictured on holiday on the Greek island of Santorini in June, often post loved-up snaps on Instagram
Saracens star Mako Vunipola, pictured with partner Alex Johns, flew back early from England’s tour of South Africa last year to attend the birth of his first child, Jacob
Mako often shares cute snaps of his and Alex’s little boy on Instagram – while Alex prefers to stay out of the spotlight
Childhood sweethearts Elliot Daly and Michelle Cussell recently tied the knot in France after meeting when they were just 18
Michelle looked stunning in a classic white gown with delicate lace cap sleeves. The couple met at the £18,618-a-year Whitgift School for boys in Croydon, south London, where Daly was a pupil and Michelle worked as a sports events organiser – though they were both 18 at the time
Jonny May is being cheered on by his wife-of-two-years Sophie Snook, whom he married in July 2017. The couple’s Instagram feeds are filled with shots of the couple enjoying sporting events, including a day out watching the play on Centre Court at Wimbledon
Charlotte Beardshaw, who keeps a low profile on social media, works at a cosmetic enhancement clinic in Leicester and is mother to Ben Youngs’ two young children Boris, three, and 20-month-old Billie (pictured with Boris, centre, and Ben above)
The couple both herald from Norfolk but now live closer to the Leicester, where Ben plays for Leicester Tigers, alongside his brother Tom, and Charlotte works at an upmarket clinic