Rugby World Cup 2019: Faf de Klerk's awkward encounter with Prince Harry after Springboks win

  • 04/11/2019

Social media was sent into a frenzy, as Springboks halfback Faf de Kerk met Prince Harry wearing nothing but South African coloured speedos.

The images were snapped from within the locker room, after the Springboks defeated England 32-12 in the Rugby World Cup final.

Moments after South Africa returned to the dressing room, de Klerk stripped down to his underpants, as he took a swig of champagne out of the Webb Ellis Cup.

He then passed the cup around, as the rest of his teammates soaked in the occasion. 

But the most iconic moment came when Prince Harry towered over the short de Klerk to congratulate him on helping South Africa to their third World Cup, their first since 2007. 

Prince Harry then spoke to the team, before having a beer with the players 

"Congratulations, that was outstanding," he said "I think rugby has the ability to unite everyone around that world and I can't think of anyone who needs it more than you right now." 

After the match, de Klerk wasn't asked about his choice of attire, but spoke about how much the win meant to his country. 

"Amazing," he said. "I'm overjoyed and the most important thing is that there's a lot of positives from this.

"For South Africa, this means a lot and we really wanted to play for them. The support we got from them back home was absolutely immense.

"We knew that maybe we could unite a few people who were not so positive. It's massive, not just for us, but for the country.

"The main thing was we stuck to the plan the coaches came up with. From the beginning, we wanted to play rugby that would win a final, and tonight we finally got that opportunity and we managed to win. 

"Credit to the players for sticking to the plan, we never went off script. Just to do this for the country back home is immense. 

"It is good to give them some positivity and, hopefully, we can continue this wave we are riding now."