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5,000 Pubs Around The UK To Open Early For Rugby World Cup Final

5,000 Pubs Around The UK To Open Early For Rugby World Cup Final

Eddie Jones' England side will face off against South Africa in the final of the Rugby World Cup on Saturday morning in Yokohama, Japan, and pubs around the UK are getting ready for the action.

It is believed that 10 million fans will tune in to watch the eagerly anticipated clash on TV as an estimated 5,000 pubs and bars will be opening their doors early, according to sports bar app MatchPint.

Around 2,000 of those venues will be in and around London, as national chain Wetherspoons say 860 of its 900 bars will be open from 8am.

Image: PA
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Even ice rinks, theatres and shopping centres are opening early to show the final as England try and win their first World Cup since that famous 2003 victory.

It is believed that pubs around the UK will sell a total of one million extra pints during the event, but only if England win.

Andrew Tighe, who is the policy director at the BBPA, says there "no better place to enjoy live sport on the TV than at a great british pub."

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"With the early kick-off of 9am, pubs will be looking to make the most of their increasingly broad offer, laying on breakfasts and coffees to get England fans through the door." he said.

"If England do win the Rugby World Cup, we expect many fans to stay in their local for the afternoon and evening to celebrate, boosting beer sales by up to one million pints."

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England booked their place in the final by beating defending champions New Zealand 19-7 in the semi-final at the International Stadium Yokohama.

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Topics: Rugby, Rugby news, UK

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Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.