Brighton & Hove Albion 'inspired' England's Rugby World Cup win against Japan after bizarre moment in game

Kaoru Mitoma of Brighton & Hove Albion (2R) joins teammates as they celebrate their 2nd goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford on September 16, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)
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Brighton & Hove Albion can take some credit for England's win against Japan in their Rugby World Cup match on Sunday night, after one player took "inspiration" from Roberto De Zerbi's side. 

In the 56th minute of the match, with the score at 13-12 to England, England prop Joe Marler accidentally headed the ball on to assist Courtney Lawes for a try and to extend their lead in the game. 

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Ryan Dabbs
Staff writer

Ryan is a staff writer for FourFourTwo, joining the team full-time in October 2022. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before eventually earning himself a position with FourFourTwo permanently. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer while a Trainee News Writer at Future.