2019 Rugby World Cup: South Africa Becomes Champions (photos, Video)

South Africa’s Springboks Are Champions of the RugbyUnion for the 3rd time

South Africa overpowered England 32-12 with a brutally effective forward display to win their third World Cup in Yokohama on Saturday.

The Springboks’ victory was built on a colossal display by their powerhouse pack that allowed fly-half Handre Pollard to kick six penalties before Makazole Mapimpi’s 66th-minute try the first the Springboks had scored in a World Cup final and another from fit-again fellow flyer Cheslin Kolbe put the result beyond doubt.

Victory ensured South Africa made it three wins from three World Cup final appearances and maintained their record of being crowned champions at 12-year intervals following their 1995 and 2007 triumphs.

Saturday’s win also saw South Africa become the first team to win a World Cup having lost in pool play, with the Springboks beaten by reigning champions New Zealand in their Japan 2019 opener.

 

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