Welcome back to the Soul of Sport. For our latest episode of the series, KEVIN QUIGLEY travelled across the Channel for England’s latest Rugby World Cup match.
Steve Borthwick’s side secured their third World Cup win in a row as they bid to go one further than their 2019 run to the final, where they were defeated by South Africa.
It was pretty much the perfect night in Lille, France, on Saturday, with England securing a 71-0 win, with Henry Arundell scoring five tries in the game.
They will now almost certainly Fiji in the quarter-finals once the Pool stage is done, and are one of five undefeated sides left at the tournament with just Samoa left to play before the knock-outs.
Our man captured the best moments inside the ground with the celebrations and atmosphere matching the rugby for intensity, drive and passion.
Fans were in bouyant mood at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Saturday – and even had time to get a Mexican wave going
England captain Owen Farrell is all smiles after winning on his return to the side, with his son in the spirit too
Marcus Smith promised to put on a show and that he did, seen here targeting the Chile backline with pace
One Chile fans refuses to let the result get them down as they jokingly stare down an England supporter
Another round of the Mexican wave goes around the ground as England supporters match the entertainment on the pitch
England supporters pose for a photo as they represent their own culture across the Channel on a sunny autumn’s day
Rugby would be nothing without a bit of music and a local band here entertain a group of supporters, who are well in the spirit
A group of England fans are dressed to impress, mustache and all – though may have trouble keeping their facial hair attached
A lie down after the game for one furry fan, or perhaps just after a lift out of the ground following a couple of hours of rugby
The weather in Lille holds up for the game, with England fans hoping the sun will continue to shine on their tournament
Another fan watches on through England-tinted glasses, dedicated to the cause with earrings, face paint, and a hair band
The Rugby World Cup is the talk of the town in France, with two passers-by stopping to gaze through a store window
Chile supporters attend in their numbers, too, cheering their side on despite defeat – their side have lost all three games so far
Clemente Saavedra thanks fans for their support out in France after playing the full 80 minutes against Steve Borthwick’s side