England players refuse to clap controversial referee after Rugby World Cup final defeat


England were beaten by South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final.

England players refused to clap referee Jerome Garces after their Rugby World Cup final defeat to South Africa.

England were beaten 32-12 in Yokohama with the Springboks being given a number of penalties.

It helped South Africa build a lead before two late tries secured a third World Cup trophy for the side.

Referee Garces and his team were first to collect their commemorative medals, receiving a warm reception from the majority of the crowd.

But it was not reciprocated from the England players who stood motionless on the pitch.

Some had their arms crossed as Garces waved and applauded the crowd with the Red Rose dejected after being beaten.

Garces proceeded to kiss his medal and hold it aloft, angering a number of supporters on social media, and appearing to rub salt in the wounds of English aces.

Though coach Eddie Jones had no complaints with the performance from the officials, focusing instead on his own team.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: “We just couldn’t get on the front foot.

“We were dominated in the scrum particularly in the first 50 minutes. When you’re in a tight, penalty-driven game, its difficult to get any sort of advantage.

“We needed to fix up the scrum, little things around the line-out, then get a bit more accurate in how we attacked.

“We did that for a while, got ourselves back into the game, but in the end we had to force the game and gave away a couple of tries.

“They were too good for us at the breakdown today. That’s the great thing about rugby, one day you’re the best team in the world and the next a team knocks you off.”


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