Errors replaced excellence for England as a dominant South Africa sealed a third Rugby World Cup and a triumph of symbolic significance.
England's shock loss in the Rugby World Cup final was not the first occasion when a showpiece went dramatically against expectations.
No team has ever won the Rugby Championship, or its previous incarnation the Tri Nations, and the World Cup in the same year until now.
South Africa dominated England to match New Zealand's tally of lifting the Webb Ellis Cup for a third time.
A look back at the best facts and stats from Kieran Read's career, after he played his final match for New Zealand.
World Cup winner Iain Balshaw says these are exciting times for English rugby as the majority of the squad are coming into their prime.
Former England captain Phil Vickery says Eddie Jones' side must seize the day when they do battle with South Africa for the Webb Ellis Cup.
Pieter-Steph du Toit, Cheslin Kolbe and Tom Curry represent World Cup finalists South Africa and England in the Player of the Year list.
Kieran Read ended his All Blacks career on a high against Wales, with outgoing coach Steve Hansen paying tribute to New Zealand's captain.
Outgoing head coach Warren Gatland wants Wales to kick on under Wayne Pivac after his glorious 12-year tenure came to an end.