But times are changing.
Jones, appointed after England's woeful first-round exit on home soil at the 2015 edition, nearly achieved his four-year plan of turning them into world champions only for South Africa to overwhelm the Red Rose brigade 32-12 in Saturday's final in Yokohama.
Kyle Sinckler, who was ruled out of the game just three minutes into the first half after a sickening collision, allowed the medal to be placed around his neck before immediately removing it.
"When I spoke to them hours before the match, I could see in their eyes that they were really determined, and they have delivered a great victory". We are stronger together. But on this occasion South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus was awesome. Eddie Jones says he can not put his finger on what went wrong for England but luckily Brian and Kyran have a few theories of their own which they believe contributed to England's defeat.
"South Africa is such a complex beast..."
"Given his press phobia & professed interest in mental health, you'd think he'd be holed up in England's dressing room, away from the cameras, consoling the team on its loss but, hey, the winning team gets all the attention, right?" Their warm embrace showed this divided nation a path to racial reconciliation.
And then there is Gloucester coach Johan Ackermann, a former Bok lock who is hugely respected in South African rugby circles for the way he turned around the fortunes of the Lions in Super Rugby.
"At a time when South Africa is experiencing profound challenges, we have rallied around the victory in Japan", Ramaphosa said in his weekly address from the Desk of the President. Many young black South Africans, affected by high unemployment and persistent inequality, acknowledge that Mandela's dream of racial reconciliation isn't quite complete.
The 36-year-old from Portsmouth, who plays rugby for Portsmouth Valkyries, said: 'This is incredible, it's awesome.
South Africa still struggles to make room for individual excellence and nonracial teamwork to become the "rainbow nation" it wants to be. But seeing South Africa in the final, Siya Kolisi, the first black captain of South Africa in his 50th game. "It doesn't matter where you're from, what you have, what you don't have, it's sports".
The second group, consisting of Erasmus, Kolisi and other selected players, will also move straight to the media conference as soon as they have cleared customs, which would be at approximately 20:00. But, he said, he gives the Springboks their due.
"Siya Kolisi, ah, man - guy's coming from far..."
"Since I've been alive, I've never seen SA like this", said Kolisi, who said the team had received countless messages from home.
The Springboks were chosen in preference to fellow Rugby World Cup semifinalists England, Wales and New Zealand and Japan.
Supporters went wild at the final whistle after watching SA dominate England.
All Blacks back TJ Perenara's stunning World Cup score against Namibia, where he collected Brad Weber's behind-the-back pass and touched down spectacularly in the corner, was awarded try of the year.
"If you're going to go through to France 2023 it's nice to have that unbroken stretch but both parties have got to be completely happy with it and we'll chat about that when we get back", Sweeney said in Japan.
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