The Springboks were crowned the 2019 Webb Ellis Cup (Rugby World Cup) Champions after outplaying England 32-12 in Japan, Yokohama on Saturday.
South Africa tasted World Cup Rugby success for the third time with Siya Kolisi becoming the first black South African captain to lift the Webb Ellis Cup.
Kolisi: “I honestly can’t explain how I was feeling at that time (lifting the World Cup) but to see the joy on my teammates faces, that was the best thing for me because I know how hard we have worked, how hard the coaches have worked…”
South Africa’s director of Rugby and coach Rassie Erasmus: “We know that there was a lot of luck involved during the way, getting here but we are so proud, not just because we have won the World Cup but we are South Africans and there are a lot of people who thought we would never make it…”
In the process, the Springboks become the first team to win the Rugby World Cup after losing their opening game and the team to win the Rugby Championship and World Cup in the same year.
Makazole Mapimpi, who had a sensational tournament scored South Africa’s first try in a World Cup. The Springboks won the 1997 and 2007 World Cup editions without scoring a try.