How Twitter reacted to England’s Rugby World Cup exit

Well, that’s it. For the rest of the time the Rugby World Cup is on these shores, bar one more group game, the host team will play no further part.

Stuart Lancaster’s England lost their do-or-die clash with old rivals Australia at Twickenham on Saturday night, becoming the first host nation to fail to reach the knockout stages in the competition.

As you’d expect on an emotional evening for egg-chasers across the land, Twitter was awash with reaction. Here’s the best of it:

Australian fly-half was a thorn in England’s side on the night, scoring 28 of his team’s 33 points. The result? An update to his Wikipedia page

England’s exit completed an unwanted trio of heartbreaks for the nation’s major sports teams

Head coach Lancaster came in for some criticism in the immediate aftermath of the defeat

It was all very dismal watching for England fans, who let their feet do the talking at Twickenham

As becomes default upon losing to Australia though, other supporters harked back to former glories

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.