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Mike Henson

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  1. England's World Cup dream ends

    FT: England 12-32 South Africa

    Siya Kolisi

    The moment and the trophy belong to this man and his nation though.

    Congratulations to Siya and South Africa.

    You can read our report on the match here, the verdict of the pundits hereand Tom Fordyce's profile of the winning captain here.

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  2. On the prowl

    FT: England 12-32 South Africa


    There is of course the prospect of the British and Irish Lions visit to South Africa in 2021.

    The 1997 and 2009 series in that country were stone-cold classics of the genre. Another on the cards?

    There are plenty looking forward to it...

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  3. England misery

    England 12-32 South Africa

    Will England be able to regroup and go again after having so much focused on this tournament and getting so close?

    It will be a heck of a job to patch up his side psychologically for Eddie Jones...

  4. Story of the match

    FT: England 12-32 South Africa

    Kyle Sinckler

    England prop Kyle Sinckler's match lasted less than five minutes before he was taken off with an apparent concussion.

    Handre Pollard kick

    Handre Pollard landed six penalties and two conversions, recovering from an early miss, to keep the scoreboard ticking over...

    Owen Farrell

    Owen Farrell landed four penalties but was not put within range often enough by his team.

    Mapimpi try

    Makazole Mapimpi scored the first try to cut England 13 points adrift on 66 minutes.

    Kolbe try

    Then Cheslin Kolbe's jagging side-step and dot-down put the game beyond reach at 32-12.

    South African fans

    The victory sparked scenes of joy in South Africa...

  5. South Africa win Rugby World Cup final

    FT: England 12-32 South Africa

    A second Rugby World Cup remains elusive for England after a powerful, purposeful Springboks performance proved far too good in Yokohama.

    England have lost for a third time in four Rugby World Cup final appearances and will have to contrast the high of their superb semi-final win over New Zealand with this bitterly disappointing final.

    Here is how it went down...

  6. 'We stayed together and worked really hard'

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    South Africa head coach Rassie Erasmus: "I just think the boys believed in themselves. A bunch of guys who've been together 19 weeks, who know one another really well. We've got so much respect for England. We were a little fortunate but we're really enjoying it at this stage.

    "We just needed to use our players, our intelligence, the supporters we have. There are so many good things in South Africa but so often in the past we looked at the bad things. We decided we needed to stay together and work really hard and eventually we’ve won the World Cup and it’s great.

    "Thank you to Japan for the way they’ve hosted the World Cup, and to the Springbok supporters. We never felt lonely in Japan, we felt them all the way. There’s millions and we love them and we can’t wait to get back home."

  7. 'You can't put it into words'

    FT: England 12-32 South Africa

    Handre Polard

    South African fly-half Handre Pollard on BBC Radio 5 Live: "I don’t think it’s sunk in yet. It’s amazing. The boys are very, very happy.

    "You can’t put it in to words. As a group of rugby players, we wanted to win the World Cup for ourselves and the management but the magnitude of what happened tonight for South Africa as a country is back home is something people who live in South Africa will understand. Going forward hopefully it’s a measure of hope we can put back into our country.

    "We knew what we do well, so we stuck to that. People gave us a lot of flak for not playing too much rugby, kicking it too much, but if it’s not on it’s not on."

  8. 'We're devastated'

    FT: England 12-32 South Africa

    Ben YOungfs

    Ben Youngs speaking to ITV:

    We didn’t fire a shot in the first half. We are devastated, to fall short is heart-breaking. It’s hard because when you’re in your half you are vulnerable with their kicker and their set piece. It just didn’t happen tonight.

  9. 'More significant that anyone could imagine'

    FT: England 12-32 South Africa

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    South Africa

    2007 South African World Cup-winning captain John Smit: "I’m not sure you can put it in to words. We’ve only won it twice before. For me, even as a guy who won it, this was a far bigger occasion because of where we've come from and where we're going. I always thought, was it too much of a fairytale to see Siya lift that trophy? It couldn’t have come at a better time. This will have a significant impact on our country.

    "For us in South Africa, it means so much more than just a team of 23. To 57 million people who are in a brand-new South Africa, for a team that used to represent segregation and now represents unity to be led by a black African man for the first time is more significant than anyone could imagine.

    "I never in a million years imagined a margin and performance like that but this team has handled this rollercoaster so well. They acknowledge the responsibility they had and came out firing. Today was magical.

    "Rassie Erasmus needs a lot of credit. This group has responded really well to him and his messages. The job that he’s done in a short period of time is quite a miracle."

  10. Highlights

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    It looked for a while like the highlights package might consist of retreating England scrums and Handre Pollard's pinpoint boot.

    Instead there are two peachy tries to enjoy/endure...

  11. 'We'll have a few beers'

    FT: England 12-32 South Africa

    Eddie Jones is facing the press.

    His contract with the RFU runs through to 2021. According to the Sydney Morning Herald this morning "many influential figures in Rugby Australia want Jones to return to the Wallabies".

    Will they have the cash to tempt Jones, who is reportedly still sore about how his first spell in charge ended in the early noughties.

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  12. 'England compounded errors with errors'

    FT: England 12-32 South Africa

    Tom Fordyce

    BBC chief sports writer at International Stadium Yokohama

    They were a totally different side this evening [compared to the semi-final]. They compounded errors with other errors, and you started to get a feeling then for a team who are off, and I don't think Eddie Jones knows why at this point.

    A week ago, five or six players had maybe their best game in an England shirt. Today, seven or eight players had five-out-of-ten games. They couldn't play as a team, they started playing individually.

  13. 'England made mistake after mistake'

    FT: England 12-32 South Africa

    Paul Grayson

    Former England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 Live

    We saw an England team who, when the pressure came on, made mistake after mistake and the game ran away from them.

  14. 'A lot of us in South Africa just need an opportunity'

    FT: England 12-32 South Africa


    Speaking to ITV, South Africa captain Siya Kolisi said:"It is really special and it was more than just a game for us. We are really grateful to have our families here and all I want to do is to inspire my kids and every other kid in South Africa. I never dreamed of a day like this at all. When I was a kid all I was thinking about was getting my next meal.

    "A lot of us in South Africa just need an opportunity and there are so many untold stories. I'm hoping that we have just given people a bit of hope to pull together as a country to make it better."

    On flying his dad abroad [to Japan] for the first time:"You can never forget where you come from or the people who have helped you get here so i just wanted to celebrate with him. I wish my brother and sisters were here."

  15. 'We'll be telling stories about this for a long time'

    FT: England 12-32 South Africa

    BBC Radio 5 Live


    Former South African hooker Hanyani Shimange on BBC Radio 5 Live: "We were in tears for the last moments of that game. So happy, so proud. We spoke about how much it would mean for Siya and the team to win that trophy. I’ll never forget this, I don’t think South Africa will ever forget this. I’m really proud to be a South African today.

    "This game won’t change the whole of South Africa but it’s about giving people hope, it’s about uniting people. People will be loving this and we’ll be celebrating for a while. Siya is not just a hero for black South Africans, but for the whole of South Africa.

    "We were told we won’t win, England were overwhelming favourites, that’s when we’re at our best historically. It’s the South African psychology, when we’re written off we’re at our most dangerous. We'll be telling stories about this for a long time."

  16. 'We stand together'

    FT: England 12-32 South Africa

    Rassie Erasmus

    Rassie Erasmus speaking to ITV:

    "It’s weird, I didn’t think two years ago we could realistically do it, but six months ago began to and four weeks ago I really did. I am so proud of the players and my country. We stand together, we really believed it and I am proud to be South African,

    "The country have gone through some bad times, and we have over the last two years, but our challenge is to make South African rugby strong for the next six or seven years.

    "I will make this my mission to make this a springboard to take it the right way."

  17. 'England out-fought and out-thought'

    FT: England 12-32 South Africa

    Paul Grayson

    Former England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 Live

    England were out-fought and out-thought in all aspects. For South Africa to get it that right against England – there’s no point in having an inquest at this point. England made mistakes but South Africa executed their game plan with huge ferocity. England have to hold their hands up and say, 'we'll do it again another day'.

    Farrell and May