South Africa won a record fourth Rugby World Cup title on Saturday, October 29, 2023, defeating New Zealand 12-11 in a tense final at Stade de France in Paris.
The Springboks were led by a magnificent defensive display, which held off a relentless All Blacks attack for the majority of the match.
Handre Pollard kicked four penalties to give South Africa a 12-6 lead at halftime, and despite a late try from Rieko Ioane, the Springboks were able to hold on for victory.
Siya Kolisi became the second captain after Richie McCaw to lift the Rugby World Cup twice, and his victory was a watershed moment for South African rugby.
The Springboks are now the most successful team in Rugby World Cup history, and their victory is a testament to the resilience and determination of the South African people.