This is a special blog being posted just 7 hours after the incredible victory of England over France in the semi-final of the Rugby World Cup.

About 20 of us went by taxi to the Shangri-La Hotel where they were showing the the match on large TV screens, in the Island bar. With India being four and a half hours earlier than BST, the match started at 12.30am.The night got off to a great start when the pre-match national anthems were sung. A group of French sang La Marseillaise in response to our God Save the Queen. It was a fantastic atmosphere and set the scene for a wonderful night for English rugby. For nearly two hours there were loud cheers, and boos, as the match ebbed and flowed. When Jonny Wilkinson kicked the goal to take us into the lead just a few minutes before the end of the match a cheer went up that could be heard throughout the hotel.

After the match was over one of the French came up to me and congratulated us on a fine England victory. We headed back to our hotel with the feeling that we had been part of something rather special; watching our national side win whilst we were thousands of miles away in a foreign land.

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