Rugby World Cup 2019: best photos from Japan

It’s been a journey with plenty of surprises. Australia and Ireland didn’t get past the quarter finals, well beaten by England and New Zealand respectively. These weren’t shock results, but the margins of victory were unexpected. Japan also went out at the quarter final stage, finally running out of steam against the powerful South Africans. But the group stages belonged to the hosts, who beat both Ireland and Scotland on the way to topping the table and lighting up the nation and the tournament.

There were other great games, including Australia vs Wales and France vs Argentina, with Wales’ last gasp victory over France perhaps the pick of the knockout stage games.

And all of it has been captured on Canon, official sponsors of Japan 2019. Here’s our pick from a memorable tournament…

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