Owen Farrell Springboks stun England to win third Rugby World Cup crown

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November 03, 2019 10:43:37

South Africa has caused a major boilover by beating the heavily favoured England 32-12 to win the Rugby World Cup for a record-equalling third time in Yokohama.

Owen Farrell Key points:

  • South Africa’s win adds to the Rugby World Cup titles it won in 1995 and 2007
  • The Springboks scored the only tries of the final, with wingers Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe crossing the stripe
  • Springboks goal kicker Handre Pollard played a crucial role in the victory, with a 22-point haul

The Springboks followed their game plan to perfection, scoring two tries in the second half while producing a brutal defensive display to ensure they lifted the Webb Ellis Cup for the first time since 2007.

They join the All Blacks as the only three-time World Cup winners, with their first crown coming when they hosted the tournament in 1995.

Rassie Erasmus’s side also created history by becoming the first team to lose a pool match en route to winning the World Cup, having been beaten by the All Blacks in their opening group fixture.

The significance of the victory was not lost on Springboks captain Siya Kolisi, who reflected on how much it would mean to South African people.


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