Boris Johnson urges England to 'bring the World Cup home' ahead of crunch rugby final
Boris Johnson has urged England’s rugby team to "bring the World Cup home" ahead of Saturday's tournament finale against South Africa.
The Prime Minister said “the whole country” would be behind Eddie Jones’s men as they battle it out against the Springboks in Yokohama.
He also praised the side for its shock victory over competition favourites, New Zealand, in last weekend’s semi-final.
Mr Johnson, who will wear an England shirt while watching the match with friends on Saturday morning, said: "Very best of luck to the England rugby team.
"I watched your semi-final in awe - it was one of our country’s great sporting performances, featuring fearless passages of play against the awesome All Blacks.
"Looking at what you did, I know you can go one better today. The whole country is behind you - through every kick, ruck, lineout and maul.
"Come on England! Bring the World Cup home."
Meanwhile Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “I wish Eddie Jones, Owen Farrell and the whole England team good luck for the Rugby World Cup final.
"You’ve done brilliantly so far - just one more game to go to finish the job.”
Mr Johnson had earlier paid tribute to Wales’ national team, after they were comprehensively beaten by the All Blacks in Friday’s third-place play-off.
"Not the result we wanted from the Bronze Final, but @WelshRugbyUnion have had a great tournament. We're proud of you! #RWC2019."
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