South Africa clinched a third World Cup triumph by beating England 32-12 in Yokohama to bring down the curtain on a memorable tournament.
The PA news agency takes a look at the players who have excelled in Japan:
Barrett’s speedy and efficient performances saw the All Blacks ease into the semi-finals, where despite his best efforts they came up short.
Star of the Cherry Blossoms’ World Cup odyssey, Matsushima started with a hat-trick against Russia and continued to flower in his side’s march to the last eight.
Tuilagi was one of England’s standout performers throughout, never more so than when he barged over for the crucial early try in the semi-final.
De Allende’s muscular qualities were one of the chief reasons why South Africa shrugged off their embarrassing campaign in England four years ago.
Fiji’s tournament might have started in low-key fashion but Radradra’s lung-bursting exploits drew gasps of admiration from the Japanese fans.
Ford’s role might not have been clearly defined by England coach Eddie Jones but he rose to the occasion when required to steer his team all the way to the final.
He stands only five foot seven but the South African scrum-half has walked tall throughout the tournament and defied plenty of other much more weighty opponents.
The Japanese prop lifted his side to new heights and was integral in orchestrating their route to the quarter-finals.
George grappled England through the tournament with a series of typically uncompromising performances.
Relishing his arrival on the big stage, Sinckler has continued to emerge as one of the potential stars of the future for Eddie Jones’ England team, despite leaving the field early in the final due to concussion.
Itoje was a cut above the rest in England’s exhilarating semi-final win over the All-Blacks and is bound to be recalled as one of the players of the tournament.
The Australian-born Moore was an aggressive presence in the heart of the Japanese defence, leading from the front into uncharted territory.
The Wales flanker battled throughout but could not quite help lead his nation into their first World Cup final.
The red-hot flanker has continued to grow into his role as the tournament progresses and challenged for a series of man-of-the-match awards.
Vermeulen allied an aggressive approach with a calming manner among his team-mates to play an integral role in the Springboks’ march through the tournament.