They tried to make sense of what had just happened, but Englands shattered players struggled with the post-mortems. It was all so raw, and so bewildering.After watching the Springboks receive the trophy which England had been favourites to win, Maro Itoje said: Losing this game was one of the most painful experiences Ive had in life, not only in my rugby career.
Its not easy.Were disappointed to lose. Our goal was to win this World Cup and weve fallen short.
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Asked to describe the scenes in the England changing room after the game, the Saracens lock said: Its obviously not exactly a disco in there. Were united, were talking with each other and trying to console each other.As you can imagine, its a tough time to go through. If we stay together, all will be well in a while.
I definitely felt we were in the right place. Throughout the whole week everyone was pumped. Getting up for a World Cup final is never hard. We just didnt do it tonight.Eddie Jones said his players will hold the hurt from their World Cup final defeat to South Africa for years.
England coach Eddie Jones insisted that his team were the best prepared they could have beenWere going to be kicking stones now for four years and its hard to kick stones for four years.
You can have the most investigative debrief of your game and you still dont know what was wrong. It just happens sometimes.But its not because of lack of effort, mate.Leicester scrum-half Ben Youngs echoed those sentiments, saying: We couldnt have trained any harder or prepared any more. Sometimes, when you know you couldnt have done any more, you accept that on the night you werent good enough, and tonight we werent good enough.
I cant point out the reason why, because I dont have any.
England saw prop Kyle Sinckler forced off after three minutes after suffering a head injuryIn rugby, in any sport, there is never an entitlement. Just because of what we did last week, we were never entitled to come here and do the same.
Weve done everything to try to win this. There is never an entitlement. Tonight we just didnt get it.Kyle Sinckler, Englands tight-head prop, was knocked out after three minutes of the final. The injury, and the stoppage, affected the team. You never like to see an injury like Kyles, George Ford said.
. Speaking to him now,.....