How social media reacted to South Africa’s World Cup final win over England
The Springboks dominated the showpiece.
South Africa stormed to a 32-12 World Cup final victory over England in Yokohama to claim their third title.
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Here, the PA news agency looks at the reaction from social media.
Former England flanker James Haskell said on Instagram: “Congratulations South Africa. Great performance and thoroughly deserved. Obviously I am devastated for England, every player and staff member could not have done more. They should all be proud of what they have achieved. I am proud of every one of them. I hope fans and the media remain level headed.”
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Congratulations South Africa. Great performance and thoroughly deserved. Obviously I am devastated for England, every player and staff member could not have done more. They should all be proud of what they have achieved. I am proud if every one of them. I hope fans and the media remain level headed.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson also extended congratulations to the victorious Springboks and agreed that England can reflect on the tournament with pride.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) November 2, 2019
Former England winger Jason Robinson hailed the performance produced by South Africa.
— Jason Robinson OBE (@Jason15Robinson) November 2, 2019
Ex-England footballer Ian Wright was inspired by the story of Siya Kolisi, who became the first black South African to captain them to World Cup glory.
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Those thoughts were echoed by Australian Lote Tuqiri.
— Lote Tuqiri 🇫🇯🇦🇺 (@LoteTuqiri) November 2, 2019
And from New Zealand international Sonny Bill Williams as well.
— Sonny Bill Williams (@SonnyBWilliams) November 2, 2019
New Zealand, who beat South Africa in their first game of the tournament, graciously paid tribute to their rivals.
— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) November 2, 2019
Former Australia second-rower Nathan Sharpe was surprised by the standard of performance from Rassie Erasmus’ men.
— Nathan Sharpe (@NathanSharpe5) November 2, 2019
On the strength of England’s performance last week, I could not see them being beaten. How wrong I was @Springboks were just bloody outstanding. Happy to wear the egg on my face - England played their final in the Semi & SA too brutal & bullied them tonight #ENGvsRSA
Ex-England lock Moritz Botha tipped Eddie Jones’ team to recover from the heartbreak and go on to win the World Cup in 2023.
— Mouritz Botha (@mouritzbotha) November 2, 2019
If I was a betting man I’d put some money on @EnglandRugby for the next World Cup. Most of the boys will still be around and today will help a lot next time round.