Rugby Fans Slam England Team For Taking Off Their Medals And 'Sulking'
Despite a fairly even start, England went on to take a bit of a beating from the Springboks - who drew the tournament to a close with a 32-12 win.
And it seems the players were as gutted as the fans were, as many viewers spotted them 'taking off their medals', supposedly 'sulking'.
Many people took to social media to slam the 'unsportsmanlike' behaviour, with one person tweeting: "Put your f***ing medals on England, how disrespectful. All Blacks wore their bronze with pride."
Someone else wrote: "Memo to England players - sneering, sulking and taking your medals off like petulant toddlers is not a good look. Be gracious in defeat and proud of what you did achieve. Don't be unsportsmanlike be*****s. The best team on the day won."
A third added: "Nice to see the England players being petulant and childish - taking off their medals. You came second. A huge achievement in itself but you got beaten by a better team. Be proud you f***ing toddlers."
In a post-match interview, England captain Owen Farrell remained professional and praised the South Africa team for their performance, saying: "I am proud of this group and what we've done. Credit to South Africa, they were very good today. Thank you to all the English support."
:speaking_head:"I am proud of this group and what we've done. Credit to South Africa, they were very good today. Thank you to all the English support."
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England coach Eddie Jones was also respectful of his opponents when he was asked about his team's runner-up spot.
He said: "The silver medal is not as good as the gold medal, but it is a silver medal and I am proud of my players."
He added: "We struggled to get on the front foot, they had dominance and it's hard to play on the back-foot ball.
"South Africa are worthy winners, but I can't fault the effort of our players, my team are hurting badly.
"We have no excuses and it's not the time now to discuss my future, but this team will keep developing."
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