Rugby World Cup 2019: From best team to best Steve-ism, here are the end-of-tournament awards – Stuff.co.nz

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Amazing footage of Springboks wing Cheslin Kolbe’s RWC final try.

It’s finally over. The Springboks are world champions for the third time, the All Blacks return home the nearly men and England are still wondering what went wrong in the final.

Here, then, areStuff‘s own awards from the ninth edition of the Rugby World Cup:

Best All Black:Look no further thanArdie Savea, with an honourable mention to Anton Lienert-Brown. They were both consistently classy through this campaign, indeed through this entire year. But it was Savea’s all-round qualities, his magnificent leg drive, his high workrate and dynamic play that was fittingly rewarded with a nomination for world player of the year. Interesting now to see how he kicks on from this.

Rassie Erasmus raises the Rugby World Cup on the victory podium.

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Rassie Erasmus raises the Rugby World Cup on the victory podium.

Best coach:It’s hard to go past Jamie Joseph for a coach who wrung the absolute most out of his talent at this World Cup. But theRassie Erasmusstory is just too compelling to ignore. At the end of 2017 the Boks were a rabble, winless in two of their last eight tests, including a 57-0 embarrassment at the hands of the All Blacks in Albany. Enter Rassie. Eighteen months later they’re world champs because this guy can flat-out coach.

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Best player: Plenty of contenders here. Maro Itoje was superb for England. Savea rumbled on for the All Blacks. Halfback Yutake Nagare was the best of a very good Japanese backline. But it has to go to a Bok. They got it right when it really mattered. Cheslin Kolbe was their razzle-dazzle man, Damian de Allende won them the semi, but no one stood out more than the talented, tough and heavily influential Pieter-Steph du Toit. World Rugby even agreed.

Siya Kolisi of South Africa lifts the Web Ellis Cup following his team's victory against England.

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Siya Kolisi of South Africa lifts the Web Ellis Cup following his team’s victory against England.

Best team:Well,South Africa, of course. That’s what we play the tournament for. The Boks peaked when it mattered and made history by becoming the first team to drop a pool match and lift the Webb Ellis Cup. But how about Japan? Every World Cup need a Cinderella story and the hosts stepped up to the plate big time and in the process got 120-odd million people interested in rugby. Well done Jamie-san and Leitchy-san.

Best match:It can’t be England’s superb victory over the All Blac

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