South Africa defeated New Zealand 12-11 in the final of the 2023 Rugby World Cup, held at Stade de France in Paris, France. It was South Africa’s fourth Rugby World Cup title, and their first since 2019.
The match was a close and hard-fought contest, with neither team able to break clear of the other. In the end, it was South Africa’s defense that proved to be the difference, as they held New Zealand to just one try.
South African fly-half Handre Pollard kicked four penalties, including the match-winning penalty in the 82nd minute.
South African captain Siya Kolisi lifted the Webb Ellis Cup for the second time in his career, making him the first black captain to lead South Africa to two Rugby World Cup titles.
South Africa’s victory was celebrated across the country, and was seen as a unifying moment for a nation that has been facing many challenges in recent years.