South Africa Win 2019 Rugby World Cup
Yokohama, Nov. 2 (Jiji Press)--South Africa won the 2019 Rugby World Cup on Saturday, concluding the 44-day competition that sparked excitement in many parts of the world including Japan, the host country.
The Springboks defeated England 32-12 in the final match at International Stadium Yokohama in the city of Yokohama, south of Tokyo, winning the World Cup crown for the first time in 12 years.
South Africa became world champions for the third time, tying record holder New Zealand.
Japanese Crown Prince Akishino, honorary president of the tournament, presented the Webb Ellis Cup to Siya Kolisi, the first black captain of South Africa, at the awarding ceremony.
In the first Rugby World Cup in Asia, Japan passed the group stage by defeating all other teams in Pool A, including Six Nations members Ireland and Scotland.
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