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FLASHBACK | 13 years ago today, Boks win RWC for 2nd time

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John Smit (Photo by Getty Images/Gallo Images)
John Smit (Photo by Getty Images/Gallo Images)

On this day 13 years ago, the Springboks became world champions for the second time.

With the 2019 Rugby World Cup triumph still fresh in the mind, you'd be forgiven for not remembering that on 20 October 2007, the Springboks downed England in the final of the prestigious tournament in front of a packed Stade de France in Paris.

Jake White's men ran out 15-6 winners in a match where no tries were scored although England still believe that winger Mark Cueto had touched down in the 42nd minute.

That try was disallowed after television replays showed his foot just in touch thanks to a despairing tackle by Danie Rossouw.

South African skipper John Smit took to Instagram after team-mate Bryan Habana reminded him of the significance of today's date.

"Just been reminded by @bryanhabana_ that exactly 13 years ago a group of mates held a little trophy in Paris," said Smit alongside a picture of the Springbok squad and Nelson Mandela.

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