Despite failing to reach the final, Wales’ performances over the course of the tournament have been highly praised, particularly given the high number of injuries which hit Gatland’s squad.
And it wasn’t just former Welsh rugby stars who wanted to thank the squad for their efforts, with Juventus footballer Aaron Ramsey and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also among those who tweeted their support.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Wales’ defeat.
Absolutely gutted for the lads but they give it their all I can promise you! ? ?????????
— Shane Williams (@ShaneWilliams11) October 27, 2019
— Martyn Williams (@martynewilliams) October 27, 2019
— Aaron Ramsey (@aaronramsey) October 27, 2019
— Dafydd James (@DafyddJames13) October 27, 2019
Brave fight from Wales.. what a sickner.. ???????
— John Hartson (@JohnHartson10) October 27, 2019
A Heroic performance @WelshRugbyUnion, unfortunately this time it wasn’t meant to be.@AlunWynJones – brilliant leadership as ever. You can all hold your heads high from an incredible tournament, we’re all so proud of you. W
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 27, 2019
Llongyfarchiadau @Springboks. Nid y canlyniad roeddem yn gobeithio amdano, ond mor browd o fois Cymru! ???????
— Mark Drakeford (@fmwales) October 27, 2019
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) October 27, 2019
Soth Africa will go on to meet England in the final in Yokohama next Saturday, while Wales have to settle for a third-place play-off against New Zealand in Tokyo the day before.
Watch: Wales vs South Africa pre-match
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