South Africa are the 2019 Rugby World Cup champions after a bruising 32-12 victory over England in the final at the Tokyo Stadium in Japan on Saturday.

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Tries from Makazole Mapimpi and Chelslin Kolbe, and the boot of Handre Pollard made the dream for the Springboks – 12 years after their storied victory against the same opponents at the Stade de France. The historic World Cup triumph is made all the more sweet by a single stark fact: no team in the history of the showpiece event have gone on to win it having lost a game.

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South Africa captain Siya Kolisi salutes supporters after leading the Springboks into the 2019 Rugby World Cup final (Image: Christophe Ena).

That game for South Africa came in the opening match of the first-ever World Cup event to be staged on Asian soil where they were handed a 23-13 defeat by the then reigning world champions, New Zealand. And England, the team that influenced the fate which saw them line-up against the green and gold on Saturday, had shockingly handed New Zealand their World Cup exit with a 19-7 drubbing in Yokohama on Saturday last week.

The Springboks have now equalled New Zealand on three rugby World Cup titles, lifting it first in 1995, 2007 and now 2019. It was also the perfect send off for Rassie Erasmus, who as the caretaker coach for the Boks, will be returning to his outright role as the Director of Rugby at SA Rugby.

An emotional Captain Siya Kolisi, the first black South African Springbok captain, and who ran out for his landmark 50th Test in the green jersey, reflected on a most sensational six weeks for the team. “We all come from different backgrounds and from different races, but came together with one goal, and wanted to achieve it,” said Kolisi. “I hope we have indeed achieved this and showed that we can pull together [if we come together as one].”


  1. We r very hppy dat south African rugby team has made da victory.we r proud of team n we r proudly south African

  2. Well done to our country and also to the rugby players I wish u all the best for today and in the future. Ur presence during the world cup made the country to be happy I just want to say thanks champs.

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