On This Day, 02 November: Springboks Thump England to Win 2019 Rugby World Cup

On This Day, 02 November: Springboks Thump England to Win 2019 Rugby World Cup

  • The date 02 November 2019 will be remembered fondly by South Africans at home and across the world
  • It was the day the Springboks pulled England apart in the final of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan
  • This victory took South Africa's haul of titles to a record-equalling three alongside arch-rivals New Zealand

On this day, 02 November 2019, South Africans were given much to celebrate about by their beloved Springboks.

Captain Siya Kolisi and his men were in near-unbeatable form when they crushed England 32-12 in the Rugby World Cup final at the Yokohama Stadium in Japan.

This was South Africa's third triumph in the global showpiece event, equalling arch-rivals New Zealand in the tally.

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The Springboks were crowned Rugby World Cup champions for a third time on 02 November 2019. Image source: Getty Images.
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Fly-half Handre Pollard kicked six penalties and two conversions, while Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe dotted down famously in an encounter during which the Boks dismantled the shell-shocked Roses.

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Owen Farrell - who Kolbe turned into a meme on the way to scoring his try - slotted six penalties for his team, which was favourites for the match having hammered the All Blacks the week before.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa was the state's representative at the match, with Prince Harry representing England.

After the match, the two - alongside the late former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and Crown Prince Akishino - were on hand to present Kolisi with the Webb Ellis Cup in what has been an iconic moment in history.

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Kolisi followed in the steps of Francois Pienaar in 1995 and John Smit in 2007, with both beaming former captains having been in attendance at the final.

Springbok and Cell C Sharks centre Lukhanyo Am shows off impressive footballing skills

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Springbok Rugby World Cup-winning outside centre Lukhanyo Am was seen in an Instagram video, juggling a football in the easiest of fashions, as reported by Sports Brief.

This was part of the #Canyoukickup Challenge, where rugby players challenge each other to keep the ball bouncing for 30 or more seconds.

Am, a contender for World Rugby Player of the Year in 2022, has recently returned from an injury layoff. He was at the Cell C Sharks' gym facilities, ahead of an intriguing Vodacom United Rugby Championship match against Irish team Ulster.

Source: Sports Brief News