South Africa has become rugby world champion for the third time. The Springboks prevailed in the World Cup final in Yokohama clearly against the favored Englishmen with 32:12 (12: 6). Thus, the team took after 1995 and 2007 again the coveted Webb Ellis Trophy.
"We have mastered many challenges, we have so many problems in our country, but we have come together as a team," said Siya Kolisi, who led South Africa as the first black captain. Decisive for the triumph of the team of coach Rassie Erasmus were a superior defensive, a series of successful penalties by Handre Pollard and late attempts by Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe.
The South Africans are now on par with titles with the New Zealanders. The New Zealand defending champion finished in third place on Friday with a clear 40:17 (28:10) win over Wales. The rugby championship has been held in Japan since 20 September. Qualified were 20 countries, including Australia, Argentina, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, Italy, France, Russia, Namibia and Samoa. Germany had missed the qualification.