RNZ asked its team of reporters covering the Rugby World Cup for their take on the issues of the cup. Here is what they had to say.
What has stood out this World Cup?
Joe Porter, RNZ rugby reporter:
Some great upsets, fans having an incredible time at the games and of course, off the field. It's a wondrous country and Rugby World Cup fans are having an absolute ball.
The downer, the refs and world rugby's prerogative to penalise any kind of play (attacking or defending) near a player's head.
This is rugby, not tiddlywinks, it's a sport built on big, physical collisions and people are going to get hurt.
Stopping a game (ala Wales vs Wallabies) to go back ten minutes to find a dubious collision and penalise a player/team is ridiculous. That's what a citing commissioner is for.
Also, the refs seem to pick up the most innocuous of incidents, but miss the massive game-changing ones like Reece Hodge's illegal hit on Fiji flanker Peceli Yato, which cost Fiji their best player for the match and the rest of the tournament, while the Wallabies went unpunished until after the game, which they of course, won.
I fear the referees and constant controversy may become the biggest story of the world cup and that's not fair to the teams or this great game.
Stephen Hewson, RNZ Sport editor:
The lull in between matches of any note.
This tournament doesn't have the spark (pardon the pun) of the Cricket World Cup which seemed to capture everyone's attention - and not just because the Black Caps performed well.
There was much greater interest in other matches going on - perhaps that's because it was a more closely fought contest.
Leilani Momoisea, RNZ Engagement editor:
My favourite thing so far has been how the staff at every venue stand in a line and dish out high-fives as people walk into and out of the stadium.
It's a really simple thing, but it puts a big smile on people's faces.
Vinnie Wylie, RNZ Pacific sport reporter:
From a rugby point of view I think the gap between teams 1-20 is as close as it has ever been. The days of 100 point whippings seem largely over.
The panic and confusion around tackle rulings has definitely been a blight, however, as officials and lawyers wrestle over player protection vs playing rugby.
How would you rate this Rugby World Cup?
From a fan's perspective I'd say 9/10.
The games are well organised and Japan has been a great, welcoming host.
It has been refreshing to take the World Cup to a non "rugby giant" and see the unbridled local joy when the Brave Blossoms toppled the Irish, and just the genuine enthusiasm around on gameday.
The venues, the cities and getting around is very well planned so definitely a big tick.
Now we just some more upsets, All Blacks excluded of course!
I couldn't think of a better place to hold the Rugby World Cup.
The loudest fans so far have been Argentina, South Africa and Samoa.
The Japanese fans have been amazing in the way they fully embrace the different teams - from face paint to funny hats to the different team jerseys - they go all the way in supporting whatever teams they're watching that day.
I put that down to the timings of matches and the streaming - many people simply can't be bothered watching.
The other factor that is definitely coming through - even from sports followers - is the All Blacks have won the last two tournaments so the necessity to win as there was in 2011 simply doesn't exist.
Many people have said to me it would be good for the game if another nation got to win the Webb Ellis trophy.
What's the biggest difference between a rugby match in Japan and one in New Zealand?
The incredible efficiency of the public transport.
People get to the games so early, like three to four hours early.
Is that normal? People can drink alcohol on the footpaths and on the way to the match, and there's no problems.
The crowd, the atmosphere and the respect.
In New Zealand, if the all blacks are down the crowd goes deathly silent, a great depression sweeping over the stadium.
New Zealand fans abuse the other team and the referee, constantly.
In Japan they cheer for all good play, from both teams, and go bonkers for little things like Japan getting a turnover, let alone when they score a try or a famous upset win.
They respect the teams, opposition included and chap and chant and cheer all game, especially to lift their team if they're struggling.
Best rugby fans in the world?
NZ crowds, myself included, are often quite reserved so it has been enjoyable to hear the singing, the atmosphere and just experiencing the differences in how fans from across the world support their teams.
It's also been cool to see so many local Japanese turning up in numbers to watch 'neutral' games.
Crowds have been full or close to it and the day games, coupled with good weather have ensured a friendly, lively atmosphere.
The other point would be with the large populations it pays to leave and arrive early at games, although the magnificent rail system has made that largely a breeze.
What has struck you most about being in Japan?
The kindness and hospitality. I'm sure it's something everyone says - but it really is true.
On my first night here, it was raining and I was looking lost and a woman held up her umbrella for me and walked me to the subway station, and made sure I got on the right train line.
Food and vending machines everywhere you look. Friendly locals and clean streets.
Also the very distinct differences between the big cities like Tokyo and say Sapporo in the north.
The people and the food - both are incredible.
The Japanese are the kindest, most helpful and honest people you could meet.
Stories of kindness to travellers and strangers abound, while losing your wallet and phone is no big deal, as it will be handed in later that day, nothing missing, every time.
The food, well my growing waistline speaks for itself!