BLOEMFONTEIN – The first Rugby World Cup in Asia drew to a close on Saturday with South Africa crowned champions in what was the most impactful and groundbreaking event in rugby history.
World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont was one of the first to sing South Africa's praises.
“Rugby World Cup 2019 has been one of the greatest, if not the greatest of all time, and certainly the most ground-breaking in terms of bringing the game to new audiences and attracting new fans to the sport we love.
“On behalf of the whole global rugby family, I would like to thank from the bottom of our hearts Japan and the Japanese people for being such wonderful, humble and history-making hosts.
“While South Africa will rightly take home the Webb Ellis Cup following their outstanding victory, the amazing performances of the Brave Blossoms undoubtedly brought some of the most memorable moments of the tournament.