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Japan 2019 might be the moment rugby union glimpsed a more fulfilling future | Robert Kitson

Can-do spirit and a receptive host country look to have opened new markets for what has been a virtually landlocked sportOn stage at the World Rugby awards ceremony on Sunday evening the extraordinary Siya Kolisi was asked what kind of public reaction …

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South Africa defence guru Jacques Nienaber in line to succeed Erasmus

• World Cup-winning coach to return to role as director of rugby• Former physiotherapist Nienaber expected to take overSouth Africa’s defence guru, Jacques Nienaber, is in contention to succeed Rassie Erasmus as the new Springboks coach, with the world…

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Rugby World Cup 2019: the story of the tournament in pictures and quotes

Click on each image for more information.In South Africa pressure is not having a job. It is one of your friends being murdered. Rugby shouldn’t be something that creates pressure. Continue reading…

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Best days lie ahead for this England team despite World Cup final flop

Squad have youth on their side and further room for growth but Eddie Jones may not be at helm for next Rugby World CupIt is the abrupt finality of World Cups that makes them so brutal. As the Springboks danced beneath a shower of golden ticker tape, ce…

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Francois Pienaar hails Springboks’ win as bigger than his team’s 1995 success

• Former captain says final brought the whole nation together• Unifying effect would help South Africa to rebuild, he addsFrancois Pienaar, South Africa’s 1995 World Cup-winning captain, has hailed the Springboks’ latest success as bigger than the one …

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Rugby World Cup final’s TV viewing figures hit 12.8m peak – the best of 2019

• England defeat is most watched sport programme since 2018 • ITV’s broadcast surpasses Line of Duty’s final episode at 12.1mEngland’s Rugby World Cup final defeat was the most watched British TV event of the year so far, with a peak audience of 12.8 m…

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England’s World Cup final defeat to South Africa proves Warren Gatland was right | Nick Evans

Eddie Jones’s team played their ‘final’ against the All Blacks and could not reproduce this level when it mattered mostWarren Gatland was right about England after all. They played their “final” against the All Blacks and what struck me most is that th…

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‘We are a special country’: South Africa hopes World Cup win can bring unity

Desmond Tutu: victory can boost ‘self-doubting nation’President Cyril Ramaphosa says win is ‘historic moment’South Africans continued to celebrate their Rugby World Cup triumph on Sunday, with many in the sometimes fractious and troubled nation echoing…

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Erasmus hails Kolisi: ‘There was a time when Siya didn’t have food to eat’

• South Africa coach praises history-making World Cup captain• Kolisi adds: ‘We can achieve anything if we work together as one’Rassie Erasmus, the South Africa head coach, paid a glowing tribute to Siya Kolisi, the Springboks’ first black captain, aft…

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Springboks’ victory driven by a strain of desire few others can comprehend | Andy Bull

Led by a kid from the townships, South Africa’s triumphant side simply had more to play for than EnglandIf there has been a theme of the World Cup, a lesson for us all to take from these long seven weeks, it is this: the game sometimes runs on strange …

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Rassie Erasmus the brains behind South Africa’s Bomb Squad | Paul Rees

Eddie Jones had the World Cup pedigree but the Springboks coach was more cunning in rotating his front-row resourcesSouth Africa had the Bomb Squad; England blew up. It was a tactical triumph for the Springboks coach, Rassie Erasmus, who, two years ago…

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South Africa’s epic World Cup final victory over England – in pictures

Our photographer Tom Jenkins captured all the drama from the touchline as an unstoppable and skilful South Africa won the Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama.Additional photography by Reuters Continue reading…

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Slapdash England suffer their own It’s a Royal Knockout humiliation

The Queen offered her goodwill message to Eddie Jones’s side but there was no goodwill from the SpringboksAnyone who cringes at the memory of It’s a Royal Knockout (is it only 32 years ago?) would know our oldest family do not always bless high-grade i…

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‘I don’t know why we didn’t play well today’: Eddie Jones on England’s final defeat – video

Eddie Jones has commended England’s efforts in the Rugby World Cup final, but accepted his team were not at their best in the 32-12 defeat. When questioned about his future as England head coach Jones  left things in the balance, saying ‘the only …

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England 12-32 South Africa: Rugby World Cup final player ratings

Handré Pollard’s kicks make him the man of the match while his opposite number George Ford has an unhappy 50 minutesElliot Daly A difficult day when he was craning his neck as the aerial bombardment rained down but a tidy display. 6 Continue reading…

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Eddie Jones calls South Africa worthy winners but is silent on future

• England coach says now it’s not time to discuss him• ‘I can’t fault the effort of my players. They’ve been outstanding’Eddie Jones refused to talk about his future as England coach after the 32-12 World Cup final defeat by South Africa and praised bo…

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South Africa captain Siya Kolisi: ‘we can achieve anything if we work together’ – video

The South Africa captain, Siya Kolisi, speaks passionately after his side’s 32-12 win over England, saying ‘we have a lot of problems in our country. But this team is from so many different backgrounds and races and we came together to achieve one goal…

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Rugby World Cup: South Africa crowned champions as England fall short – video highlights

South Africa have won the Rugby World Cup in a stunning 32-12 victory over Eddie Jones’s England. The Springboks are champions for a third time after Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe added tries to Handré Pollard’s 22 kicked points. A strong performa…

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Rugby World Cup: South Africa surge to glory as England fall short

• Live reaction to the Springboks’ World Cup triumph• Springboks crowned world champions for a third time• Pollard kicks 22 points, Mapimpi and Kolbe add triesIn the end it appeared to be written in the stars. Every 12 years South Africa have an unerri…

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England v South Africa: Rugby World Cup 2019 final – live!

Rugby World Cup final updates from the 9am GMT gameWorld Cup finals quiz | Top try and points scorersEmail or tweet Lee with your thoughts and predictions 7.52am GMT Not that it’s needed, but even more import is present in the game as this is the final…