South Africa defeat England to lift Rugby World Cup

South Africa beat England 32-12 in the world rugby cup final in Japan.

The victory under Siya Kolisi, the team’s first black captain, was another symbolic moment for the Springboks.

South Africa triumphed earlier in 1995 and 2007. In 1995, former President Nelson Mandela’s famously celebrated on the podium with captain Francois Pienaar after their world cup win.

South Africa have made their way to the final somewhat under the radar, displaying some impressive defensive play coupled with incredible physicality throughout the tournament.

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, who was in Japan for the final, tweeted: “We are the champions.”

This is the third time that the Springboks have won the trophy equalling New Zealand’s record.

Fans at a public viewing centre in South Africa’s main city Johannesburg were chanting Kolisi’s name.

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