The England team will understandably be bitterly disappointed after they fell to the Springboks in the World Cup final on Saturday, but many people do not think that justifies how they acted after.
Eddie Jones’ side were overwhelmed by South Africa 32-12 in Yokohama in a game where they were bullied up front. While they would have been distraught with the performance, fans on social media do not think that excuses them from refusing to wear their silver medals.
A number of players took the medals off as soon as they were awarded to them, an act that many fans think is a sign of poor sportsmanship.
Many have highlighted how the All Blacks reacted on Friday after receiving their bronze medals and have said that that is the example to follow, branding England as “sore losers”.
Of course, the bronze final was slightly different as, although they had come third, the All Blacks had just won their game against Wales. But many fans have emphasised that England still came second in the tournament, which is impressive in itself.
That will be little consolation to the players who were a far cry from the side that demolished the All Blacks the week before. This is what has been said:
Put your fucking medals on England, how disrespectful. All Blacks wore their bronze with pride. #RWCFinal
— Cameron Fisher ??????? (@HuwJonesMarryMe) November 2, 2019
England having a temper tantrum refusing to wear their medals. Pathetic #RWCFinal
— CrimeGirl (@CrimeGirI) November 2, 2019
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 bellends. The best team on the day won. #ENGvSA #RWCFinal
— Georgia Lewis (@georgialewis76) November 2, 2019
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 fucking toddlers.
— Foamcow ??????????? (@foamcow) November 2, 2019
Taking your silver medals off is very unsportsmanlike, England players. #RWCFinal
— Joe C (@Joe_C_London) November 2, 2019
England could learn some lessons from the All Blacks bronze medal procession – celebrating achivement. @englishrugby taking off the silver medals & refusing to wear them is really bad form. #SouthAfrica were the best team today. Fantastic stuff from them ?#RWC2019 #ENGvRSA https://t.co/CvQs6uUF3J
— Siobhan Connolly (@SCClinicalEd) November 2, 2019
Why does England have to be so moody and taking off their 2nd place medals? For pity sake, they did better than all but one of the teams in the whole world. Some perspective & grace in defeat please. #englandrugby #RugbyWorldCup
— Robert Payne (@paynenotes1) November 2, 2019
England understandably disappointed, but taking off silver medals, by many of team, sends out wrong message to young sports participants. It's ok to come 2nd, be proud of what you HAVE achieved.
— Liz Cathcart (@liz_cathcart) November 2, 2019
Can’t believe most of england have taken off their medal, and people say the All Blacks are sore losers. We rocked our bronze medals with pride, England could learn something from that #ENGvsRSA @EnglandRugby @rugbyworldcup
— grace (@gracevmay) November 2, 2019
Why did all the England players take their medals off? Am I missing something or are they sore losers??? #RWCFinal
— rachel (@racheldoodle) November 2, 2019
Don’t get me wrong I get that it’s devastating, but England are the worst fucking losers!! Sincler not even having his medal put on and the rest of them taking the medals off? Grow up ffs #RWCFinal #ENGvsRSA
— Emily Merry (@EmilyMeryl21) November 2, 2019
why are @EnglandRugby such sore losers? they really refused to wear their silver medals??? the ABs flaunted their bronze with such pride, england should be incredible proud of themselves, wonder why they have a bad rep :/ #RWC??
— whore 4 harry styles (@whore4mrstyles) November 2, 2019
Going into the final, England were tipped as favourites by many, but there were very few moments where they challenged Rassie Erasmus’ side in the match. The Springboks were heroic in defence and were even stronger in the scrum.
Had England mounted more of a challenge, their reaction to losing – and receiving their medals – may have been different, but that still does not cut it for the fans.
WATCH: England’s post-match media conference following their loss to South Africa
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