TOKYO, 1 Nov - Lawrence Dallaglio, a former England captain, played off the bench in the defeat by South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final 12 years ago. Owen Farrell, above, the current captain, was just 16 at the time, but he had another important role that day - looking after Dallaglio's son, Enzo, at Stade de France in Paris, and even taking him on to the pitch afterwards.
Enzo, now 18, is on his way to Japan for the final and Dallaglio said: "He missed the 2003 final because he was two. He came in '07 and he watched the World Cup final on the shoulders of Owen Farrell, who was our babysitter at the time because, obviously, I was playing with his father, Andy Farrell.
"Two years later, Owen Farrell was playing rugby for England. I turned the telly on and Enzo said, 'Dad, that's the babysitter'. I said, 'Mmm, I haven't talked to you about that yet. He won't be babysitting for you any more'."
And how did the young Farrell measure up as a babysitter? "He was a lovely, lovely boy - just like he is now."
Including the family has been a notable feature of this RWC, too, and the All Blacks - 14 of whom are fathers - were not going to miss their chance at the captain's run for the bronze final.
Sonny Bill Williams and Dane Coles were joined by their offspring, while Ben Smith and his son, Walter, were clearly enjoying themselves, below, ahead of Smith snr's 84th and final match for the All Blacks, in which he scored two tries and only narrowly missed out on a hat-trick.
The new Hansen
Now that their RWC is over, all New Zealand will be wondering who will replace Steve Hansen as head coach. Several names have been mentioned and now the Glasgow Warriors head coach, Dave Rennie, 55, has revealed he is in the running.
Rennie, who is also on Australia's radar to replace Michael Cheika, led the Chiefs to two Super Rugby titles in 2012 and 2013. "They've probably made contact with a number of Kiwis who are coaching over this way about interest for the role," he said. "They will have a process where they interview then make an appointment in the new year."
England on the up
It's been one of those weeks for New Zealand sport, at least as far as playing England is concerned. James Vince scored 59 runs on Friday as they began their tour of New Zealand with a seven-wicket victory in the first Twenty20 international in Christchurch.
Meanwhile, England hooker Jamie George - a huge cricket fan - has had several conversations with World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan and sees similarities in the ways in which the two England teams recovered from pretty miserable tournaments in 2015. "They had been through a bit more of a rollercoaster ride than we have in this tournament but there are certain similarities over the last two seasons or so," George said.
The rugby action may be finishing on Saturday but the great and the good will be reaping the rewards for their considerable achievements in a star-studded bash in Tokyo on Sunday night.
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Sam Whitelock was not included in the All Blacks 23 for the bronze final, which meant he could not continue his family's connection with Wales which dates back as far as 1953. His grandfather, George Nelson Dalzell - also a second-row - played for the All Blacks that day, when they lost 13-8 at Cardiff Arms Park, the last time Wales won the fixture.
Elma enters into the spirit of Halloween in Shibuya and goes street karting with Bryan Habana in the latest episode of RWC Daily. There is also plenty of pre-final analysis from David Flatman, John Smit and Jonny Wilkinson.
There has been a lot of memorable music at this RWC, and some very dubious singing - the rendition of Country Road at half-time in the bronze final being an honourable exception - but there was a definite funky vibe to match the glorious sunshine as supporters arrived to watch Wales take on the All Blacks.
Stat of the day
The Barrett brothers (Jordie 3, Beauden 3 and Scott 2) have combined for eight tries at RWC 2019. The Barretts have outscored five teams at RWC 2019 - USA (7), Uruguay (6), Namibia (3), Canada (2) and Russia (1).