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Sportsmail reviews the highs and lows of the 2019 Rugby World Cup

FAVOURITE MATCHCHRIS FOY: England beating the All Blacks 19-7 in that epic semi-final was awe-inspiring. It was a night when the stars aligned and history was made. Eddie Jones side were imperious and deserved to beat the champions 30-0.WILL KELLEHER: Nothing could top England 19 New Zealand 7 for theatre and performance.

Wales beating Australia 29-25 in the pool stages was good but in terms of performance, significance, drama and meaning the English semi-final win was extraordinary.

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It was the best performance by any England team ever. Everything clicked and they turned rugby into a science. Ill never forget the way Sam Underhill tackled anything that moved.NIK SIMON: Japan v Scotland. High octane, high emotion. Volunteers arrived hours after Typhoon Hagibis to clear the way for a classic.

Despite being one of the smallest teams at the World Cup, the Brave Blossoms showed that speed can beat size.SIR CLIVE WOODWARD: Japan against Scotland. It was wondrous that the game took place at all after the typhoon, the rugby was scintillating and the result historic. That match alone justified the decision to take RWC to Japan.



The class of 2019 produced the best display by any England team ever versus New Zealand  MAGIC MOMENTFOY: The expression on Siya Kolisis face when he lifted the Webb Ellis Cup and realised what the Springboks success would mean to South Africa was very special. However, given the host-nation euphoria it created, Ill go for Japan sweeping aside Scotland to reach the quarter-finals.

KELLEHER: Kolisi lifting the World Cup. For what it means, who he is, what he represents, where he comes from and how it was the perfect encapsulation of a nations past and its future.HASKELL: Watching Japan beat Ireland in the Maldives with my wife. I was so happy for my old coach Jamie Joseph. No one expected them to do it but they did it with so much style.

SIMON: Watching Kolisi embrace his wife Rachel in the crowd after winning the World Cup. She was accused of wasting good genes when they married in 2016. Now Kolisi, with his beaming smile, is rugbys new man of the year.SIR CLIVE: The ever-smiling Schalk Brits bowing politely to the nervous young ball girl when she handed the ball to him before a lineout in the Boks game against Namibia.

. There was so much to like about that.

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