After almost two whole months, the World Cup came to its thrilling finale last night as the Springboks defeated the All Blacks the Stade de France in Paris.
It was an astonishingly close match all the way through, but it was the grit and determination from the Springboks that proved essential in ensuring the eventual victory.
The match was indicative of a knockout stage that will go down in history for it’s big named shock results and nail-biting finishes.
To round off proceedings in France, the annual World Rugby awards has been held a stunning venue in Paris, with the best of the best being recognised for their incredible achievements in the rugby world.
Despite the incredible journey that has seen them regain the World Cup trophy for the second tournament in a row, South Africa have gained just the one player in the Men’s 15s Dream Team of the Year award – Eben Etzebeth.
Etzebeth has been phenomenal this year, and no doubt deserves to be in there, but there has been an outcry for the likes of Pieter-Steph du Toit among other Springboks to have been included.
The overall team has been widely acknowledged to include only players from the top four ranked nations, despite France and Ireland only achieving quarter final status once again.
Here’s the team: