Many pubs in Nottingham hosted fans for the final, including the Fox in Lenton

Nottingham rugby fans believe “the future is bright”, despite the England team’s World Cup defeat.

England came so close to winning the Rugby World Cup, but faced a very strong South Africa team who claimed a 32 – 12 victory in Japan.

Fans who watched the game from pubs in the city said they were “disappointed” in the result after a “fantastic” tournament.

John Peacock, 20, who said he has been “adopted by Nottingham rugby culture” since moving to the city from Leeds, said that he was “gutted” but added that: “The future looks bright regardless of the result.”

Another fan Marcus Rose, 20, of Lenton, said he was still proud despite the defeat. He added:  “Obviously I’m not happy, but when we look back on it in a few weeks, we will appreciate how well the team has actually done.”

The fans were among dozens who watched the game at O’Neill’s in Old Market Square, Nottingham.