Nine interesting facts about the Springboks and their World Cup history after they claimed their third title by downing England 32-12 in Yokohama.
- Saturday’s win moves the Springboks level with the All Blacks on three wins but the Boks have played in two fewer tournaments.
- The Boks shatter the myth that you can’t win the Rugby Championship and the World Cup in the same year.
- No side has lost a pool game and gone on to win the World Cup … until now.
- The Springboks are the only country to sport a 100% win record in the final of the World Cup.
- Makozole Mapimpi scored South Africa’s first try in a World Cup final and now has 14 tries in as many appearances in the green and gold.
- The Boks are yet to concede a try in three World Cup final appearances.
- The Wallabies continue to hold the record for the largest win in a final (23 points) with South Africa sharing second with the All Blacks Class of 1987.
- England join France on three with the most final losses.
- Frans Steyn joins Os du Randt as the only South Africans to win two World Cups.
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