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South Africa begin trophy celebrations after winning 2019 Rugby World Cup - in pictures

Springboks captain Siya Kolisi and his teammates receive the Webb Ellis Cup, but it is anguish for England

South Africa became Rugby World Cup champions for a third time after defying all expectations to beat England 32-12 in Saturday's final in Tokyo.

The Springboks' triumph may not have been expected by many before the start of the tournament, but come the final whistle in the Japanese capital it was thoroughly deserved.

It has been a rollercoaster journey for the South African rugby team since the last World Cup four years ago, and after plenty of lows, they achieved the ultimate high in lifting the Webb Ellis Cup.

Check out the best photos from the Rugby World Cup trophy celebrations in the gallery above as the South Africa players and coaching staff begin their celebrations.

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Updated: November 2, 2019 04:11 PM