Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has congratulated the Springboks on their victory in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama.

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The Springboks put in a top-notch 80-minute performance to beat England 32-12 and claim their third Webb Ellis Cup title on Saturday.

De Villiers, who said pre-tournament that he would NOT be supporting the national side in the tournament, took to Twitter shortly after the final whistle to extend his wishes to skipper Siya Kolisi and his team.

De Villiers coached the Springboks between 2008 and 2011 and was the director of rugby at the University of the Western Cape between 2012 and 2015.

During his tenure as Springbok coach, De Villiers won five out of 11 Tests against the All Blacks - a better record than most coaches in recent times.

Other notable achievements for De Villiers as national coach was a Tri-Nations win in 2009 as well as a series win over the British and Irish Lions that same year.

De Villiers failed to lead Zimbabwe through the qualification phase for the 2019 World Cup and was fired shortly thereafter.