No Springboks in Opta team of the tournament

Eddie Jones during England training

Fezakel didn't have a passport and had never left home before last weekend's decider in Yokohama but South Africa's team management helped fast track all the necessary documents in time.

"To win a World Cup with that is something I will cherish for the rest of my life". The previous coach, Allister Coetzee, was sacked after a disastrous run of eight games which saw South Africa record just two wins (against Italy, and by a point against France).

England centre Emily Scarratt was crowned women's world player of the year. He made his test debut in 2013 and became South Africa's first black test captain in 2017.

Pienaar knows firsthand how winning the Rugby World Cup can transform a nation.

The significance of Kolisi leading the team to victory was not lost on the supporters who gathered at Johannesburg's fan zones to watch the match.

'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 lovely country and attractive people can do together'.

They also clear out more ruthlessly than any other team in the tournament, having given away just 15 points in the first 40 minutes, five penalties and no tries across five matches.

"But then sport comes in and boom - it just brings people together and gels them. the message that (young kids) would have seen about unity, about working together, and that lovely speech of both the coach and the captain is strong".

The city of Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, was presented with the Award for Character at the World Rugby Awards in Tokyo on Sunday, an evening that saw South Africa claim the major awards a day after winning the Rugby World Cup.

"I think Japan in the fact they managed to beat Ireland and Scotland in the pool stages".

Kolisi had his father and two children with him in Yokohama.

Yet there were no Springboks in the Opta team of the tournament, with Japan's South Africa-born back-row Pieter Labuschagne in at number seven ahead of Du Toit.

The 36-year-old from Portsmouth, who plays rugby for Portsmouth Valkyries, said: 'This is incredible, it's wonderful.

That South Africa are looking like South Africa again is credit to his man-management as well as his coaching ability.

He immediately realised that the most pressing need was to rehabilitate the Springboks, who had slumped to eighth in the world rankings and had lost their identity.

He said: "You want to go right to the death and we're in the death now. We will give them a hell of a game when they come to South Africa".

"One of the first priorities when we get back will be to sit down and have a chat".



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