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South Africa claims 3rd Rugby World Cup title, beats England in Yokohama, Japan

Also known as The Springboks or the Boks, South Africa’s national rugby union team won the Rugby World Cup final for the third time. The most recent victory took place in Yokohama, Japan.

The first time The Springboks won the Rugby World Cup final was on June 24, 1995. The team won over New Zealand at the Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.

On October 20, 2007, The Springboks earned its second Rugby World Cup final victory. The team outperformed England at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, Paris, France.

The 2019 Rugby World Cup final took place at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama on November 2, 2019. It was played between the Springboks and its counterpart from England.

With tries from The Springboks’ Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe, the South African national rugby union team defeated its English counterpart with a 32–12 victory. Duane Vermuelen of The Springboks was declared the man of the match.

Jérôme Garcès of France served as the referee of the 2019 Rugby World Cup final, which was attended by 70,103 spectators. He was the first French referee to take charge of a Rugby World Cup final.

Rassie Erasmus was the coach of The Springboks while Siya Kolisi was the captain. The latter earned his 50th test cap.

Mapimpi, Kolbe, Vermuelen and Kolisi’s teammates include Willie Ie Roux, Lukhanyo Am, Damian de Allende, Handre Pollard, Faf de Klerk, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Lood de Jager, Eben Etzebeth, Frans Malherbe, Bongi Mbonambi and Tendai Mtawarira. The replacements were Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitshoff, Vincent Kock, RG Snyman, Franco Mostert, Francois Louw, Herschel Jantjies and Francois Steyn.

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