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Faf de Klerk is greeted by adoring fans after landing back home in Johannesburg

South Africa are given a heroes’ welcome as they land in Johannesburg after beating England in memorable Rugby World Cup final

  • South Africa beat England 32-12 to win their third Rugby World Cup in Tokyo 
  • On Tuesday they arrived home to a hero’s welcome in the capital Johannesburg
  • Players signed autographs and posed for selfies with adoring fans in airport 
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South Africa’s Rugby World Cup heroes have been greeted by adoring fans after landing back home on Tuesday.

The Springboks sealed third triumph with a comprehensive 32-12 victory over England in Saturday’s final in Tokyo.

And supporters and children flocked to Johannesburg airport to give their heroes a fitting welcome on their return.

Faf de Klerk is greeted by adoring fans after landing back home in Johannesburg

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Faf de Klerk is greeted by adoring fans after landing back home in Johannesburg

Elton Jantjies signs a rugby jersey as fans flocked to the airport to greet their heroes

Elton Jantjies signs a rugby jersey as fans flocked to the airport to greet their heroes

Elton Jantjies signs a rugby jersey as fans flocked to the airport to greet their heroes

Jantjies poses for a selfie with a fan upon arriving back home as a World Cup winner

Jantjies poses for a selfie with a fan upon arriving back home as a World Cup winner

Jantjies poses for a selfie with a fan upon arriving back home as a World Cup winner

Handre Pollard delivered a kicking masterclass while Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe went over for second-half tries as the Springboks claim a deserved win in the weekend’s final.

While England arrived home to a muted reception at Heathrow Airport on Monday, it could hardly have been more different for their opponents.

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South African flags were draped throughout Tambo International Airport in the nation’s capital.

Players stopped for pictures and signed autographs on jerseys and rugby balls as they were given a hero’s welcome home. 

South Africa sealed a hat-trick of celebrations on Sunday, 24 hours after their triumph in Tokyo.

Large South African flags are draped throughout the airport in the nation's capital

Large South African flags are draped throughout the airport in the nation's capital

Large South African flags are draped throughout the airport in the nation’s capital

South Africans line the airport as they prepare to greet the team and the Webb Ellis trophy
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South Africans line the airport as they prepare to greet the team and the Webb Ellis trophy

South Africans line the airport as they prepare to greet the team and the Webb Ellis trophy

Flanker Pieter-Steph du Toit was named World Rugby player of the year at a glitzy ceremony, with Rassie Erasmus claiming the coaches’ award and the Springboks taking the team accolade also.

Du Toit was a colossus for the Springboks during the World Cup and dominated the breakdown during the final win over England, helping South Africa secure seven turnovers and proving a menace for the English throughout the match. 

He also made 11 tackles and set up fellow player of the year nominee Kolbe for the decisive final try.

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‘This is probably one of the best moments of my life,’ said Du Toit.

‘I think it is the two biggest experiences in the rugby world that you can get. It is as unbelievable experience for me and I couldn’t be happier at the moment.’

Springboks fans show their support and loyalty to their heroes as they wait for their arrival

Springboks fans show their support and loyalty to their heroes as they wait for their arrival

Springboks fans show their support and loyalty to their heroes as they wait for their arrival