Some of the Springboks players arrived to loud cheers of a large crowd at the OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday.
The Boks won the Rugby World Cup in Japan on Saturday, beating England 32-12.
The first set of players walked through the gates with fans trying to catch a glimpse. Among the first players to land are Duane Vermeulen, Cheslin Kolbe and Makazole Mapimpi.
There were huge cheers as the likes of Matthew Proudfoot and Elton Jantjies made their way through the crowd.
Supporters said they were looking forward to seeing more players come through the gates.
“I’m just excited to see them bring the cup back home, it’s just overwhelming,” one man said.
Another supporter said: “I’m so excited, I wanted to be part of this event because they really made us proud.”
Vermuelen was man of the match in the final, Mapimpi became the first Springbok player to score a try in a world cup final, while Kolbe all but secured the trophy when he scored SA’s second try.
Captain Siya Kolisi, director of rugby Rassie Erasmus and vice captain Handre Pollard are expected to arrive later on Tuesday night.
There is a heavy police presence around the airport with a huge crowd to welcome the Springboks back from Japan.
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