Local hero Siya Kolisi and coach Rassie Erasmus led the Springboks through South Africa’s biggest airport as they brought the Rugby World Cup trophy back home.
South Africans of all backgrounds and beliefs were seen all united in song at OR Tambo International Airport as they welcomed World Champions from Japan.
The coach and the captain may have had to wait an extra few hours for their crowning moment of glory, but it was worth the hold-up. The pair entered the room to rapturous reception, as hundreds – if not thousands – of revelers shared the love with the men of the moment.
Earlier in the day, some members of the squad made it home before others. Faf de Klerk, now as famous for his spicy speedos as he is the superb brilliance which carried the Boks over the line during the knockout stages, was one of the first to emerge through the public gallery.
The Springboks will now embark upon a five-day tour of the country, starting in Gauteng on Thursday and led by Siya Kolisi. They will eventually culminate their celebratory appearances in Cape Town on Monday.
Siya Kolisi who became the first black man to captain the Springboks and becoming the first black captain to lift the Webb Ellis also had this to say of his team and the achievement;
“I am very proud right now. I’m certain it was my dad’s dream to take me to all these places. That is why I’m grateful for rugby which has afforded me this opportunity. If we lost another game [after New Zealand], we knew that would be the end for us, which is why we fought so hard.”
“The Prince [Harry] came to the changing room and said he saw what was happening back at home in South Africa and also told us we deserved to win the Webb Ellis Cup… Don’t ever let anyone tell you – you can’t make it… It’s up to you and only you ”
Author: Moses Echodu
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