England v South Africa

Ross Houston
November 8, 2019

The match was closely poised at half time, with the score at England 6-12 South Africa.

South Africa completed a memorable hat-trick at the World Rugby awards on Sunday, just 24 hours after winning the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

England wants to keep Eddie Jones as head coach for the 2023 World Cup despite his side losing the 2019 final to the Springboks. "They have given us something to smile about", a supporter told Al Jazeera.

South Africa winger Makazole Mapimpi set up and then finished off one of the great Rugby World Cup final tries.

"You can have the most investigative debrief of your game and you still don't know what was wrong", England coach Eddie Jones said.

South Africa's captain Siya Kolisi and the country's president Cyril Ramaphosa hold the Webb Ellis Cup aloft.


"It's going to be insane traveling through South Africa and I hope they do that - take the trophy to the people".

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.

"The only thing I'm anxious about now", Jones said, "is having a few beers".

"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 attractive speech of both the coach and the captain is strong".

We've had two very dark years in Springbok rugby history and to come back the way we did, to form a united team the way we did - a team that fully represents South Africa.

'I thought I might actually see England win this time but never mind.


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

Siya Kolisi with his two children during South Africa's lap of honour after winning the World Cup.

By analysing data and trends from 20th September 2019 to 18th October 2019, Taboola was able to identify which teams and players amassed the most buzz online. Not only from him, but all the people in South Africa. "We didn't meet our goal - our goal was to be the best team in the world, and we're the second best team in the world".

He said: "We've taken a team that couldn't get out of the pool at the last World Cup and got beaten in the final, but there's all this negativity about their performance".

"I think it is probably going to sink in when we get home and see how people are back at home", Kolisi said. "We will give them a hell of a game when they come to South Africa".


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