YOKOHAMA – Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus underlined the importance of the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday by reminding his players before kick-off that they were not just playing for themselves but for the entire Rainbow Nation.
South Africa duly clinched their third World Cup title with a crushing 32-12 victory over England at Yokohama Stadium and man-of-the-match Duane Vermeulen said the players had kept that inspirational thought in mind throughout.
Vermeulen, part of an impressive loose forward trio that included captain Siya Kolisi and Pieter-Steph du Toit, said: "We were doing it for each other but also for 57 million people back home in South Africa.
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