Published: Fri, November 08, 2019
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England coach Jones has no answers for huge World Cup final defeat

England coach Jones has no answers for huge World Cup final defeat

Unsurprisingly, given their success over the past 12 months, South Africa also collected the team of the year award. France offered a hint of what it may do as host in 2023, until which time nothing can happen to alter the figures contained in our view of the 2019 tournament By The Numbers.

England have now been runners up in three World Cup finals. Indeed, it was the All Blacks who inflicted a ten-point defeat on South Africa in Yokohama in their opening match of the campaign back in late September.

"Pienaar receiving the Webb Ellis Cup from Nelson Mandela - who wore a replica of Pienaar's green No.6 shirt - in Johannesburg is one of sport's most powerful images and he watched as Siya Kolisi, the Springboks" first black captain, held rugby union's greatest prize aloft.

South Africa, playing with far more ambition than in their semi-final win over Wales, kept up the pressure in the second half as England struggled to build momentum and Pollard nudged them 18-12 ahead after an hour.

SIYA KOLISI, South Africa captain, on his Bomb Squad of six forwards and two backs.

Yoshihiko Sakuraba, general manager of Kamaishi Seawaves rugby club and ambassador for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, said, "For Kamaishi, rugby is a symbol of solidarity".

The English team apparently fail to realise they are ambassadors for both their country and the game of rugby.

'As a South African who has seen first hand the apartheid years and the despair of the political situation over the years, I feel the time is now to come together and show what a attractive country and handsome people can do together'.

"They are thrilled to see the "Boks" win. We are united by the vision of a country where the divisions of the past can be overcome, a nation of equality, dignity and respect for human rights". "I have never seen people come together over sport [like that]".

South African flanker Pieter-Steph du Toit was named World Rugby player of the year at a ceremony in Tokyo, with Rassie Erasmus claiming the coaching award, fresh from securing the World Cup title on Saturday.

The 36-year-old from Portsmouth, who plays rugby for Portsmouth Valkyries, said: 'This is incredible, it's awesome. This is week 19 and week 20 was always the trophy tour in South Africa.

"We can achieve anything if we work together as one", said Kolisi, who a year ago became the first black player appointed as Springboks captain.

'They have really been driving us, they have been behind us.

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