Cape Town, Nov 3 : South Africans jubilated on Saturday after their national team, the Springboks, beat England in the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final in Japan.
President Cyril Ramaphosa joined his countrymen in the celebration, calling the victory "a great outcome". In bars and at public gatherings across the country, people burst into celebrations, chanting the South African national anthem. "The boys have outshone everyone in the world. They are the best; they are the best team," Ramaphosa said in a statement distributed by his office.
He was speaking moments after the Springboks, led by captain Siya Kolisi, beat England 32-12 at the International Stadium Yokohama, Tokyo. It is the third time that the Springboks have won the cup. The first time was in 1995 when they played against New Zealand in the final. They won the cup again in 2007 - again against England.
Ramaphosa went to Tokyo to lead the nation's support for the Springboks. "When I spoke to them hours before the match, I could see in their eyes that they were really determined, and they have delivered a great victory...," the president said.
"We are the champions; indeed, we are the champions of the world," he said. The president congratulated captain Siya Kolisi, coach Rassie Erasmus and the technical staff, the tournament squad, the team on the day and the leadership of SA Rugby for securing the Webb Ellis Trophy at the first Rugby World Cup to be staged in Asia. (UNI-XINHUA)