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Thousands welcome home Rugby World Cup-winning Springboks

Members of South Africa's Rugby World Cup-winning team have arrived home, where thousands greeted them with a huge cheer at Johannesburg's international airport.

Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe, who scored the Springboks' tries in Saturday's final against England, were among the first group of players to land at OR Tambo Airport.

As he emerged into view in the arrivals hall, Mapimpi held his hands up and clasped them together as the crowd roared. Kolbe was recording the scenes on his cellphone.

South African fans welcome their team's arrival at Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo airport Tuesday Nov. 5, 2019. South Africa defeated England 32-12 in the World Cup Rugby final Saturday Nov. 2 in Tokyo. (AP PhotoJerome Delay)

Teammate Damien de Allende pumped his arms in the air in front of the fans wearing Springboks jerseys who packed the hall.

Captain Siya Kolisi and coach Rassie Erasmus are expected to arrive with the Webb Ellis Cup later Tuesday.

The Springboks won their third World Cup title by beating England 32-12 in Yokohama, Japan.

South African fans welcome their team's arrival at Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo airport Tuesday Nov. 5, 2019. South Africa defeated England 32-12 in the World Cup Rugby final Saturday Nov. 2 in Tokyo. (AP PhotoJerome Delay)

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South African fans welcome their team's arrival at Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo airport Tuesday Nov. 5, 2019. South Africa defeated England 32-12 in the World Cup Rugby final Saturday Nov. 2 in Tokyo. (AP PhotoJerome Delay)

Fans await the arrival of the South Africa Springbok rugby team at the O.R. Tambo Airport in Johannesburg Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. South Africa beat England in the Rugby World Cup final Saturday 32-12. (AP PhotoJerome Delay

Fans await the arrival of captain of the South Africa Springbok rugby team, Siya Kolisis, portrait on poser, and his team from Japan at the O.R. Tambo Airport in Johannesburg Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. South Africa beat England in the final Saturday 32-12. (AP PhotoThemba Hadebe)

South Africa's Cheslin Kolbe celebrates with his teammates after scoring a try during the Rugby World Cup final at International Yokohama Stadium between England and South Africa in Yokohama, Japan, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. (AP PhotoMark Baker)

South Africa's captain Siya Kolisi, left, holding the Webb Ellis Cup and Cheslin Kolbe, right, smile ahead of the awarding ceremony of the World Rugby Awards in Tokyo, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. South Africa’s coach Rassie Erasmus is seen at center rear. (Yuki SatoKyodo News via AP)