South Africa made the most of the weakness, winning a string of scrum penalties and taking a 12-6 lead into halftime whilst building a foundation that enabled their wingers to seal the victory in the last 15 minutes. Under an agreement between the RFU, Premiership Rugby and the players' union, any of the 32 players who make 20 or more appearances in the 2019-20 season is not allowed to go to Japan.
England have now been runners up in three World Cup finals.
South Africa were also dealt an early injury blow with Lood de Jager withdrawn with a shoulder injury after 22 minutes.
Former captain Francois Pienaar said Kolisi's captaining of the World Cup-winning side was more monumental than when Mr Mandela wore his rugby shirt as the team is more "transformed" from the nearly exclusively white team he was part of.
Kolisi had just turned four when the Springboks beat the All Blacks to win the 1995 World Cup final at Johannesburg's Ellis Park.
"We thought our preparation was good, but this happens sometimes and it isn't a good day for it to happen", Jones said.
"We've taken a team that couldn't get out of the pool at the last World Cup and got beaten in the final, but there's all this negativity about their performance".
However, despite struggling to get decisions out of the French referee, who struggled all game to control the breakdown and scrum, England failed to get into a rhythm as they had against New Zealand.
"I have never seen, since I've been alive, I have never seen South Africa like this", Kolisi went on, and back home the crowds, black and white, nodded and cheered. So let each of us, wherever we find ourselves, become part of the campaign to build a better South Africa. Three games were canceled on the weekend of October 12-13 because of Typhoon Hagibis. The outpouring of support for the Springboks on the road to the final once again showed the vast potential of sport to unite us as a people.
Even when the Sables haven't featured at the World Cup since 1991.
Emily Scarratt of England poses with her trophy after winning the World Rugby Women's 15s Player of the Year at the World Rugby Awards in Tokyo, Japan.
RUGBY fans have told of their heartache after England crashed out of the finals of the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Leading 18-12 with a quarter of the game left, the Springboks opened up and showed the other side of their game.
When asked whether Borthwick was leaving his role as England forwards coach, Sweeney responded: "I don't know".
No wonder some analysts were quick to point out on Saturday that Mtawarira's heroics should translate into a better treatment of his fellow Zimbabweans based in South Africa.
Fujio Mitarai, president of the local organizing committee, added, "The rugby wave that swallowed Japan was something we did not expect when we were awarded the hosting rights 10 years ago".