'I think I speak on behalf of millions of people in this country and around the world in wishing the best of luck to England in the World Cup final against South Africa today.
Now a veteran of 49 Tests, he felt South Africa could take inspiration from how the Springboks overcame the challenge of England, who were heavily favoured to win the final.
"We didn't meet our goal of being the best team in the world, but we are the second-best team in the world and that is how we should be remembered", he said.
South Africa's flanker Pieter-Steph Du Toit celebrates winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup final.
Head coach Eddie Jones, who was in charge of Australia when England won their only World Cup in 2003, becomes the first coach to lose two finals.
"We just couldn't get on the front foot".
People from around Japan, whose national team, the Brave Blossoms, were knocked out in the quarterfinals by South Africa, came up with various reasons for their choices.
"The way we played was because we wanted to say thank you to our coach who came in and changed a lot - on the way that we saw rugby - and I'm really grateful that we could do this for him and the coaching staff and everyone in the management".
England came into the match with huge expectations after the New Zealand win, but only offered flashes of the brilliant all-pitch game which undid the All Blacks last week. With all the challenges we have, the coach said to us that we are not playing for ourselves any more, we are playing for the people back home - that is what we wanted to do today.
"The only thing we're anxious about now is having a few beers, then probably a few beers tomorrow and then probably a few more on Monday", he said. South Africa has a lot of problems and we started talking about how rugby shouldn't be something that puts pressure on you.
Rassie Erasmus' side recorded a 32-12 win over England following a phenomenal performance, backboned by their dominance at the set-piece.
"Losing this game was one of the most painful experiences that I have had in life, not just my rugby career".
"We were bad in that week in terms of talking about things and getting tense - it was a awful build up that told us a lot about how to play the play offs".
England lost prop Kyle Sinckler to a third-minute head injury, and his replacement Dan Cole was given a torrid time by opposite number Tendai Mtawarira. "I can't doubt the effort of my players, they were extraordinary". They have built a World Cup-winning side in the space of 18 months and brought pride back to the jersey.