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South Africa’s triumphant World Cup rugby team are revelling in their 32-12 victory over England today – with some of their players posing in just towels and their briefs while holding the trophy.
One portrait shows Damian de Allende biting his gold medal as he grips the Webb Ellis cup; in another, Faf de Klerk kisses the trophy. Meanwhile, RG Snyman snarls menacingly as he clutches the spoils of war.
England lost the Rugby World Cup final after a crushing collapse against South Africa in Yokohama, Japan.
In a tense and scrappy contest, dominated by penalties, South Africa went up by nine points before England captain Owen Farrell cut the deficit to six.
However, an England fightback failed to materialise with two late South African tries seeing the rampant Springboks crush Farrell’s men by 20 points.
England, who had been favourites going into the final after brilliantly beating New Zealand in the semis, had a shaky first half which saw them lose Kyle Sinckler to a head injury early in the game, the prop appearing to have been knocked out cold in a collision.
They never seemed to recover, spending all match chasing a South African team that outclassed them and opened up leads with multiple penalties before adding their two game-winning late tries.
South Africa’s Damian de Allende poses in just his towel as he bites his gold medal and holds the Webb Ellis Cup after his team thrashed England 32-12
Lodewyk de Jager and RG Snyman (right) of South Africa with the cup after their spectacular win in Yokohama, Japan
Faf de Klerk (left) and Franco Mostert (right) of South Africa hold the spoils of war following his team’s victory against England in the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final
Team captain Siya Kolisi hopes he has inspired the next generation of South Africans after leading his country to victory
Eben Etzebeth shows off his massive biceps – and with his 6ft 8in frame, he was a formidable presence during the match
Mbongeni Mbonambi of South Africa grins after his team’s win. Owen Farrell’s men had hoped to defeat South Africa to win England’s second Web Ellis Cup, after the famous Johnny Wilkinson-inspired triumph in 2003
Non-playing squad member Trevor Nyakane cannot contain his glee – despite missing out on the game due to an injury
You may now kiss the prize: Frans Malherbe (left) and Frans Malherbe plant a smacker on the trophy
England had no answer to the brute force of South Africa’s Tendai ‘The Beast’ Mtawarira
Francois Louw, who has excelled in the Premiership, where he plays for Bath, was all smiles as the gripped the cup
Damian Willemse, who came over to Japan as a late injury replacement, celebrates with all the accoutrements of a champion
Pieter-Steph du Toit gave an outstanding display as he helped his team storm to victory over England
Head coach Rassie Erasmus with the trophy. His team’s victory was even more impressive given that England were favourites heading into Saturday’s final and Erasmus admits he had his own doubts about his side until recently
Following the match, England coach Eddie Jones was praised by fans for his honesty after he admitted that England had ‘no excuses’ for the loss, refusing to blame the injury or reports of a late bus to the stadium.
Prince Harry led thousands of supporters watching in the stadium, while millions of fans flocked to pubs and bars all over England, despite the 9am kick-off UK time.
The Duke of Sussex was joined by Prince Albert of Monaco and Japan’s Crown Prince Akishino at the ground to watch the match and, after England’s defeat, visited the South African dressing room to congratulate them on their triumph.
Owen Farrell’s men had hoped to defeat South Africa to win England’s second Web Ellis Cup, after the famous Johnny Wilkinson-inspired triumph in 2003.
They also wanted to avenge their defeat to South Africa in the 2007 Rugby World Cup final, but, instead, history repeated itself with another Springbok victory. It is the third time England have lost a Rugby World Cup final.
After the match, some England players refused to wear their loser’s medals, ripping them off shortly after being handed them. The footage led to some fans branding the players ‘disrespectful’, though others were sympathetic.
South Africa captain Siya Kolisi celebrated with his team mates and the Web Ellis Cup inside the dressing room following their team’s victory against England in the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final
Siya Kolisi of South Africa takes a picture with his team mates in the changing room after winning the Rugby World Cup
Prince Harry is pictured in the dressing room with Springboks Siya Kolisi and Tendai Mtawarira after their World Cup victory
The Duke of Sussex congratulates RG Snyman of South Africa following his team’s victory against England in the Rugby World Cup. Prince Harry watched the game in Yokohama, Japan from the stands alongside Crown Prince Akishino, 53, and his wife Princess Kiko, 53
Prince Harry (centre) poses for a photo with Siya Kolisi of South Africa (left) holding the Web Ellis cup and Tendai Mtawarira of South Africa (right) after the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final
England fans (family pictured at Crewe and Nantwich RFC) were left visibly devastated by their team’s performance today
Siya Kolisi, South Africa captain, lifts the Web Ellis cup following his team’s victory against England in the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final in Yokohama, Japan
England players receive silver medals after the Rugby World Cup final between England and South Africa at International Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama, Japan
South Africa’s flanker Siya Kolisi (centre) lifts the Webb Ellis Cup as they celebrate winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup final
Prince Harry (left) watches as England slip to a heavy defeat against South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final. Harry sat Japan’s Crown Prince Akishino during the match
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seen watching the rugby World Cup final at home with his and girlfriend Carrie’s pet dog Dilyn
Dejected England players react after the Rugby World Cup final defeat against South Africa in Yokohama, Japan today
The South African team celebrate at the final whistle after beating England 32-12 in the Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama, Japan
England players look on dejectedly as the South Africa team celebrate winning the Rugby World Cup in Yokohama, Japan
England’s players huddle after losing the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match against South Africa in Yokohama today
England struggled against South Africa throughout the whole match and conceded two late tries to the rampant Springboks
England’s players react after losing the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match between England and South Africa
England fans watching a big screen broadcast at Newcastle Falcons’ Kingston Park ground in Newcastle this morning despair as their team loses heavily to South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama, Japan today
Rugby fans (pictured at Boxpark in Croydon, south east London) up and down the country are drowning their sorrows after they woke up at the crack of dawn – only to see England lose the World Cup final to South Africa
England head coach Eddie Jones, speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, said: ‘We just couldn’t get on the front foot. We were dominated in the scrum particularly in the first 50 minutes. When you’re in a tight, penalty-driven riven game, its difficult to get any sort of advantage.
‘They were too good for us at the breakdown today. That’s the great thing about rugby, one day you’re the best team in the world and the next a team knocks you off.’
He also insisted that England had no excuses for the defeat and simply lost to the better team.
‘We’ll be kicking stones for four years,’ said the England boss.
‘It’s hard to kick stones for four years. I can’t tell you how much respect I have for these players – it’s not because of lack of effort.
‘Obviously not it is not the outcome I expected.
‘We couldn’t get into the game, and didn’t take our opportunities. It was one of those days.
‘South Africa were worthy winners, they were the better team on the day.’
When asked about his future with his adopted nation Jones added: ‘The only thing we will worry about now is having a few beers, then a few beers tomorrow… and probably Monday too, then we might have to pull up stumps.
‘We are the second best team in the world. We didn’t meet our goal.
‘The players prepared tremendously w
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