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All Blacks bow and show respect to Japanese crowd as they exit Rugby World Cup

Despite their heartache, the All Blacks showed their thanks to their Japanese hosts, bowing at the end of their 19-7 defeat by England at Yokohama. 

The whole All Blacks squad, including the players who did not play in the loss, lined up behind the posts to bow to the fans as their hopes of a third-straight world title evaporated. 

Fans of the All Blacks in Japan will still be able to see their team in action next Friday in the bronze-medal match, a day before the Rugby World Cup. 

In return the Japanese crowd also saluted their side with a big cheer and round of applause.