England's shock loss in the Rugby World Cup final was not the first occasion when a showpiece went dramatically against expectations.
A look back at the best facts and stats from Kieran Read's career, after he played his final match for New Zealand.
Lewis Moody won the Rugby World Cup in 2003. Ahead of Saturday's final, he talks us through the keys to glory for England and... Read more
Rugby league, not union, was in the blood for Owen Farrell but on Saturday he will battle to lift the greatest prize in the... Read more
Rassie Erasmus has made a huge impact since replacing Allister Coetzee as South Africa head coach, and now World Cup glory is the target.
England will be confident ahead of Saturday's Rugby World Cup final, but their great display against New Zealand is no guarantee of success.
Handre Pollard was a World Cup star for South Africa versus Wales again, but in some respects it was remarkable he was on the... Read more
The build-up to England's semi-final with New Zealand demanded a big performance. Eddie Jones' men exceeded all expectations in Yokohama.
The Rugby World Cup quarter-final saw the best and worst side of France, as they suffered a self-inflicted meltdown against Wales.
Eddie Jones won the battle of the coaches as England reached the Rugby World Cup semi-finals at the expense of Michael Cheika's Australia.
Ireland enjoyed one of their greatest years in 2018, but they looked a shadow of their former selves as they crashed out of the... Read more
South Africa are strong favourites to inflict revenge on Japan four years after the Springboks were humiliated in Brighton.
Japan raised the spirits of the host nation on a weekend that will be remembered for such contrasting reasons.
Australia have repeatedly got the better of Wales at recent Rugby World Cups, but that changed in a hard-fought tussle on Sunday.
Their win over South Africa in 2015 may never be topped, but Japan have once again exceeded expectations with a massive World Cup upset.
Johnny Sexton and Rory Best led the way as Ireland's thumping win over Scotland affirmed their credentials as Rugby World Cup challengers.