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South Africa's triumphant World Cup rugby team are revelling in their 32-12 victory over England today - with some of their players posing in just towels and their briefs while holding the trophy.

One portrait shows Damian de Allende biting his gold medal as he grips the Web Ellis cup; in another, Faf de Klerk kisses the trophy. Meanwhile, RG Snyman snarls menacingly as he clutches the spoils of war.

England lost the Rugby World Cup final after a crushing collapse against South Africa in Yokohama, Japan. 

In a tense and scrappy contest, dominated by penalties, South Africa went up by nine points before England captain Owen Farrell cut the deficit to six. 

However, an England fightback failed to materialise with two late South African tries seeing the rampant Springboks crush Farrell's men by 20 points.   

England, who had been favourites going into the final after brilliantly beating New Zealand in the semis, had a shaky first half which saw them lose Kyle Sinckler to a head injury early in the game, the prop appearing to have been knocked out cold in a collision.  

They never seemed to recover, spending all match chasing a South African team that outclassed them and opened up leads with multiple penalties before adding their two game-winning late tries. 

South Africa's Damian de Allende poses in just his towel as he bites his gold medal and holds the Web Ellis Cup after his team thrashed England 32-12

South Africa's Damian de Allende poses in just his towel as he bites his gold medal and holds the Web Ellis Cup after his team thrashed England 32-12

Lodewyk de Jager and RG Snyman (right) of South Africa with the cup after their spectacular win in Yokohama, Japan

Lodewyk de Jager and RG Snyman (right) of South Africa with the cup after their spectacular win in Yokohama, Japan

Faf de Klerk of South Africa poses for a portrait with the Web Ellis Cup following his team's victory against England in the Rugby World Cup 2019 final

Franco Mostert of South Africa poses for a portrait with the Web Ellis Cup following his team's victory against England in the Rugby World Cup 2019 final

Faf de Klerk (left) and Franco Mostert (right) of South Africa hold the spoils of war following his team's victory against England in the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final

Team captain Siya Kolisi hopes he has inspired the next generation of South Africans after leading his country to victory

Team captain Siya Kolisi hopes he has inspired the next generation of South Africans after leading his country to victory

Eben Etzebeth shows off his massive biceps - and with his 6ft 8in frame, he was a formidable presence during the match

Eben Etzebeth shows off his massive biceps - and with his 6ft 8in frame, he was a formidable presence during the match

Mbongeni Mbonambi of South Africa grins after his team's win. Owen Farrell's men had hoped to defeat South Africa to win England's second Web Ellis Cup, after the famous Johnny Wilkinson-inspired triumph in 2003

Mbongeni Mbonambi of South Africa grins after his team's win. Owen Farrell's men had hoped to defeat South Africa to win England's second Web Ellis Cup, after the famous Johnny Wilkinson-inspired triumph in 2003

Non-playing squad member Trevor Nyakane cannot contain his glee - despite missing out on the game due to an injury

Non-playing squad member Trevor Nyakane cannot contain his glee - despite missing out on the game due to an injury

Frans Malherbe

Frans Malherbe

You may now kiss the prize: Frans Malherbe (left) and Frans Malherbe plant a smacker on the trophy

England had no answer to the brute force of South Africa's Tendai 'The Beast' Mtawarira

England had no answer to the brute force of South Africa's Tendai 'The Beast' Mtawarira

Francois Louw, who has excelled in the Premiership, where he plays for Bath, was all smiles as the gripped the cup

Francois Louw, who has excelled in the Premiership, where he plays for Bath, was all smiles as the gripped the cup

Damian Willemse, who came over to Japan as a late injury replacement, celebrates with all the accoutrements of a champion

Damian Willemse, who came over to Japan as a late injury replacement, celebrates with all the accoutrements of a champion

Pieter-Steph du Toit gave an outstanding display as he helped his team storm to victory over England

Pieter-Steph du Toit gave an outstanding display as he helped his team storm to victory over England

Head coach Rassie Erasmus with the trophy. His team's victory was even more impressive given that England were favourites heading into Saturday's final and Erasmus admits he had his own doubts about his side until recently

Head coach Rassie Erasmus with the trophy. His team's victory was even more impressive given that England were favourites heading into Saturday's final and Erasmus admits he had his own doubts about his side until recently

Following the match, England coach Eddie Jones was praised by fans for his honesty after he admitted that England had 'no excuses' for the loss, refusing to blame the injury or reports of a late bus to the stadium. 

Prince Harry led thousands of supporters watching in the stadium, while millions of fans flocked to pubs and bars all over England, despite the 9am kick-off UK time.  

The Duke of Sussex was joined by Prince Albert of Monaco and Japan's Crown Prince Akishino at the ground to watch the match and, after England's defeat, visited the South African dressing room to congratulate them on their triumph.

Owen Farrell's men had hoped to defeat South Africa to win England's second Web Ellis Cup, after the famous Johnny Wilkinson-inspired triumph in 2003.  

They also wanted to avenge their defeat to South Africa in the 2007 Rugby World Cup final, but, instead, history repeated itself with another Springbok victory. It is the third time England have lost a Rugby World Cup final. 

After the match, some England players refused to wear their loser's medals, ripping them off shortly after being handed them. The footage led to some fans branding the players 'disrespectful', though others were sympathetic. 

South Africa captain Siya Kolisi celebrated with his team mates and the Web Ellis Cup inside the dressing room following their team's victory against England in the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final

South Africa captain Siya Kolisi celebrated with his team mates and the Web Ellis Cup inside the dressing room following their team's victory against England in the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final

Siya Kolisi of South Africa takes a picture with his team mates in the changing room after winning the Rugby World Cup

 Siya Kolisi of South Africa takes a picture with his team mates in the changing room after winning the Rugby World Cup 

Prince Harry is pictured in the dressing room with Springboks Siya Kolisi and Tendai Mtawarira after their World Cup victory

Prince Harry is pictured in the dressing room with Springboks Siya Kolisi and Tendai Mtawarira after their World Cup victory

The Duke of Sussex congratulates RG Snyman of South Africa following his team's victory against England in the Rugby World Cup. Prince Harry watched the game in Yokohama, Japan from the stands alongside Crown Prince Akishino, 53, and his wife Princess Kiko, 53

The Duke of Sussex congratulates RG Snyman of South Africa following his team's victory against England in the Rugby World Cup. Prince Harry watched the game in Yokohama, Japan from the stands alongside Crown Prince Akishino, 53, and his wife Princess Kiko, 53

Prince Harry (centre) poses for a photo with Siya Kolisi of South Africa (left) holding the Web Ellis cup and Tendai Mtawarira of South Africa (right) after the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final

Prince Harry (centre) poses for a photo with Siya Kolisi of South Africa (left) holding the Web Ellis cup and Tendai Mtawarira of South Africa (right) after the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final

England fans (family pictured at Crewe and Nantwich RFC) were left visibly devastated by their team's performance today

England fans (family pictured at Crewe and Nantwich RFC) were left visibly devastated by their team's performance today

Siya Kolisi, South Africa captain, lifts the Web Ellis cup following his team's victory against England in the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final in Yokohama, Japan

Siya Kolisi, South Africa captain, lifts the Web Ellis cup following his team's victory against England in the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final in Yokohama, Japan

England players receive silver medals after the Rugby World Cup final between England and South Africa at International Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama, Japan

England players receive silver medals after the Rugby World Cup final between England and South Africa at International Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama, Japan

South Africa's flanker Siya Kolisi (centre) lifts the Webb Ellis Cup as they celebrate winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup final

South Africa's flanker Siya Kolisi (centre) lifts the Webb Ellis Cup as they celebrate winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup final

Prince Harry watches as England slip to a heavy defeat against South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final

Britain's Prince Harry (left) talks to Japan's Crown Prince Akishino during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final between England and South Africa

Prince Harry (left) watches as England slip to a heavy defeat against South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final. Harry sat Japan's Crown Prince Akishino during the match

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seen watching the rugby World Cup final at home with his and girlfriend Carrie's pet dog Dilyn

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seen watching the rugby World Cup final at home with his and girlfriend Carrie's pet dog Dilyn 

Dejected England players react after the Rugby World Cup final defeat against South Africa in Yokohama, Japan today

Dejected England players react after the Rugby World Cup final defeat against South Africa in Yokohama, Japan today

The South African team celebrate at the final whistle after beating England 32-12 in the Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama, Japan

The South African team celebrate at the final whistle after beating England 32-12 in the Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama, Japan

England players look on dejectedly as the South Africa team celebrate winning the Rugby World Cup in Yokohama, Japan

England players look on dejectedly as the South Africa team celebrate winning the Rugby World Cup in Yokohama, Japan 

England's players huddle after losing the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match against South Africa in Yokohama today

England's players huddle after losing the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match against South Africa in Yokohama today

England struggled against South Africa throughout the whole match and conceded two late tries to the rampant Springboks

England struggled against South Africa throughout the whole match and conceded two late tries to the rampant Springboks

England's players react after losing the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match between England and South Africa

England's players react after losing the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match between England and South Africa

England fans watching a big screen broadcast at Newcastle Falcons' Kingston Park ground in Newcastle this morning despair as their team loses heavily to South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama, Japan today

England fans watching a big screen broadcast at Newcastle Falcons' Kingston Park ground in Newcastle this morning despair as their team loses heavily to South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama, Japan today

Rugby fans (pictured at Boxpark in Croydon, south east London) up and down the country are drowning their sorrows after they woke up at the crack of dawn - only to see England lose the World Cup final to South Africa

Rugby fans (pictured at Boxpark in Croydon, south east London) up and down the country are drowning their sorrows after they woke up at the crack of dawn - only to see England lose the World Cup final to South Africa

England head coach Eddie Jones, speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, said: 'We just couldn't get on the front foot. We were dominated in the scrum particularly in the first 50 minutes. When you're in a tight, penalty-driven riven game, its difficult to get any sort of advantage. 

'They were too good for us at the breakdown today. That's the great thing about rugby, one day you're the best team in the world and the next a team knocks you off.'

He also insisted that England had no excuses for the defeat and simply lost to the better team. 

'We'll be kicking stones for four years,' said the England boss.

'It's hard to kick stones for four years. I can't tell you how much respect I have for these players - it's not because of lack of effort.

'Obviously not it is not the outcome I expected.

'We couldn't get into the game, and didn't take our opportunities. It was one of those days.

'South Africa were worthy winners, they were the better team on the day.'

When asked about his future with his adopted nation Jones added: 'The only thing we will worry about now is having a few beers, then a few beers tomorrow… and probably Monday too, then we might have to pull up stumps.

'We are the second best team in the world. We didn't meet our goal.

'The players prepared tremendously well and showed great pride, passion but got caught short today.

'I can't doubt the effort of the players - they were extraordinary.' 

A bloodied Billy Vunipola of England looks dejected as his team lose to South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama, Japan

A bloodied Billy Vunipola of England looks dejected as his team lose to South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama, Japan

England's players look dejected as they slip to a heavy defeat against South Africa in the final of the Rugby World Cup in Japan

England's players look dejected as they slip to a heavy defeat against South Africa in the final of the Rugby World Cup in Japan

South Africa celebrate as they take a commanding lead in the Rugby World Cup final, winning comfortably against England

South Africa celebrate as they take a commanding lead in the Rugby World Cup final, winning comfortably against England

England's Maro Itoje looks on during the 2019 Rugby World Cup final match at Yokohama Stadium as the team try to fight back

England's Maro Itoje looks on during the 2019 Rugby World Cup final match at Yokohama Stadium as the team try to fight back

England lose to South Africa after conceding two late tries in the second half of the World Cup final in Yokohama, Japan

England lose to South Africa after conceding two late tries in the second half of the World Cup final in Yokohama, Japan

Flanker Sam Underhill's girlfriend Josie Jennings got into the spirit today, posting this picture with Zoe Hallack, partner of Jonathan Joseph, ahead of the match

Flanker Sam Underhill's girlfriend Josie Jennings got into the spirit today, posting this picture with Zoe Hallack, partner of Jonathan Joseph, ahead of the match

England Rugby fans watching at Sandy Park stadium, the home of the Exeter Chiefs, as their team lost heavily to South Africa

England Rugby fans watching at Sandy Park stadium, the home of the Exeter Chiefs, as their team lost heavily to South Africa

Despondent fans (pictured at Newcastle's Falcons' ground at Kingston Park) shook their heads in despair as the England players trailed behind their South African counterparts

Despondent fans (pictured at Newcastle's Falcons' ground at Kingston Park) shook their heads in despair as the England players trailed behind their South African counterparts

A family of fans looked disappointed at Harpenden Rugby Club in Hertfordshire after the final whistle blew in Japan

A family of fans looked disappointed at Harpenden Rugby Club in Hertfordshire after the final whistle blew in Japan 

A young fan covers his face with his knees as another is consoled by his mother at the Leicester Tigers' ground today

A young fan covers his face with his knees as another is consoled by his mother at the Leicester Tigers' ground today 

Fans at Boxpark in Wembley, north west London, looked downtrodden as their eyes were glued to the screen during the game

Fans at Boxpark in Wembley, north west London, looked downtrodden as their eyes were glued to the screen during the game

England's George Ford and Ben Youngs look dejected as the team slips to a 12-6 deficit following a tough first half against South Africa

England's George Ford and Ben Youngs look dejected as the team slips to a 12-6 deficit following a tough first half against South Africa

Following the match, rugby fans up and down the country drowned their sorrows, after flocking in their millions to watch the game despite the early start. 

A number of politicians also expressed their disappointment following the defeat.

Boris Johnson had tweeted a picture of himself watching the game with his dog Dilyn, with the caption: 'Come on England!'

After the match, he wrote: 'Hats off to South Africa who were just rocklike in defence today but @EnglandRugby can hold their heads high after an amazing tournament.'

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted: 'Commiserations to @EnglandRugby. It wasn't to be today but you've done us proud throughout this World Cup.'

Former PM Theresa May posted: 'Well done @EnglandRugby. Not the outcome we were hoping for today but incredibly proud of your performance throughout RWC2019.'

And Mayor of London Sadiq Khan wrote: 'Thank you @EnglandRugby for a terrific, thrilling tournament. You did us proud! Congratulations to South Africa on the win.'

Owen Farrell of England leads his players off the pitch for the half time break during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final between England and South Africa in Yokohama, Japan

Owen Farrell of England leads his players off the pitch for the half time break during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final between England and South Africa in Yokohama, Japan

A dejected England rugby fan reacts as he watches the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final between England and South Africa on a screen at Boxpark Wembley in London

A dejected England rugby fan reacts as he watches the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final between England and South Africa on a screen at Boxpark Wembley in London

England slipped to a six point deficit at the end of the first half and these fans, pictured in London, looked distraught as they watched. The lead only grew in the second half

England slipped to a six point deficit at the end of the first half and these fans, pictured in London, looked distraught as they watched. The lead only grew in the second half

England's Maro Itoje is lifted to catch the ball during the Rugby World Cup final between England and South Africa at International Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama, Japan

England's Maro Itoje is lifted to catch the ball during the Rugby World Cup final between England and South Africa at International Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama, Japan

England captain Owen Farrell brought the scores back to level after a penalty halfway through the first half of the Rugby World Cup final before South Africa took the lead again. They never gave it up

England captain Owen Farrell brought the scores back to level after a penalty halfway through the first half of the Rugby World Cup final before South Africa took the lead again. They never gave it up

It was a tense start to the game for England, conceding several penalties and losing Kyle Sinckler to injury. The tension was unbearable for this fan in London

It was a tense start to the game for England, conceding several penalties and losing Kyle Sinckler to injury. The tension was unbearable for this fan in London

South Africa's fly-half Handre Pollard gave his team an early lead in the Rugby World Cup Final, after kicking a nine minute penalty. He scored several penalties to propel his team forward

South Africa's fly-half Handre Pollard gave his team an early lead in the Rugby World Cup Final, after kicking a nine minute penalty. He scored several penalties to propel his team forward

South Africa edged ahead as halftime approaches with the scrappy match seeing multiple injury delays and penalties. They never gave up their lead

South Africa edged ahead as halftime approaches with the scrappy match seeing multiple injury delays and penalties. They never gave up their lead

England's Kylie Sinckler is treated by the medical team before being removed from the match following an early head injury

England's Kylie Sinckler is treated by the medical team before being removed from the match following an early head injury

Young England fans excitedly watch the Rugby World Cup final screening at Harpenden Rugby Club, St Albans. They later saw their team lose heavily

Young England fans excitedly watch the Rugby World Cup final screening at Harpenden Rugby Club, St Albans. They later saw their team lose heavily

England fans watch the Rugby World Cup Final screening at Sale Rugby Club in Sale and look tense after a tough start to the match

England fans watch the Rugby World Cup Final screening at Sale Rugby Club in Sale and look tense after a tough start to the match

Fans of South Africa watch the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final between England and South Africa, at International Stadium Yokohama, Japan, at the at the Loftus Park fan zone

Fans of South Africa watch the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final between England and South Africa, at International Stadium Yokohama, Japan, at the at the Loftus Park fan zone

England's scrum-half Ben Youngs kicks the ball during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match between England and South Africa

England's scrum-half Ben Youngs kicks the ball during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match between England and South Africa 

England's players sing the national anthem before the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match between England and South Africa at the International Stadium in Yokohama

England's players sing the national anthem before the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match between England and South Africa at the International Stadium in Yokohama

Prince Harry, who is patron of the English Rugby Football Union, delivered several messages of support to the players while Zara Tindall and husband Mike, one of England's 2003 heroes, were also in Japan to watch the game.

Meghan Markle watched at home with baby Archie while Prime Minister Boris Johnson, wearing an England kit, watched with his pet dog. 

The Queen sent the team her 'very best wishes for a memorable and successful match', saying the 'performances during the tournament have delighted supporters, and inspired many people throughout the country'. 

Prince Harry, who hand-delivered the message, also sent his own good luck message, accompanied by a photo of Archie in a red rose jersey. 

Thousands of England and South Africa fans filled the streets - and bars - of Yokohama seven hours before the Rugby World Cup final was due to kick off today. 

One primary school teacher even admitted that she left her job to be there for the fixture.  

Ann Wheeler, 27, said: 'No school is going to give a teacher six weeks off to watch rugby - but when will I get the chance to come out to Japan and do this again?' 

A concerned England fan in Leicester can barely watch after the team slips to an early deficit and loses Kyle Sinckler to injury. They later conceded two tries in a heavy defeat

A concerned England fan in Leicester can barely watch after the team slips to an early deficit and loses Kyle Sinckler to injury. They later conceded two tries in a heavy defeat

England rugby team supporters gather at Boxpark in Croydon during the screening of the Rugby World Cup final between England and South Africa

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