Incredible celebrations in South Africa as first black captain Siya Kolisi lifts Rugby World Cup following win over England

2 Nov

South Africa secured their third Rugby World Cup crown on Saturday by beating England in the 2019 final.

The Springboks executed their game plan perfectly as they stormed to a 32-12 victory in Yokohama.

South Africa have won the ninth Rugby World Cup
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On an historic night for the Springboks, Siya Kolisi – their first black captain – became the first black captain of any country to lift the Webb Ellis trophy.

Kolisi grew up in poverty in a township and was understandably emotional at what he and his team had achieved.

He said: “The people of South Africa have got behind us and we’re so grateful.

“With a team like this…different backgrounds, different races and we came together with one goal and we wanted to achieve it.

“I have never seen, since I’ve been alive, I have never seen South Africa like this.

Kolisi is South Africa’s first black captain
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“The coach just told us that we’re not playing for ourselves anymore, we’re playing for the people. That’s what we wanted to do.

“We appreciate all the support, we love you South Africa and we can achieve anything if we work together as one.”

The celebrations back in South Africa following their stunning World Cup triumph were unsurprisingly euphoric.

Back in Kolisi’s hometown of Zwide, there were fantastic scenes as locals rejoiced in their hero’s exploits.

Check out some of the best celebrations in South Africa below…

Fans gather outside the Loftus Park fan park in Pretoria
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It all went South Africa’s way in the final
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South Africa have won three Rugby World Cup three times – 1995, 2007 and 2019
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It’s more than a game of rugby in South Africa
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Plenty showed their support in Johannesburg
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There were jubilant scenes at the final whistle
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And emotional scenes too…
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