JOHANNESBURG – Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus said that the Rugby World Cup victory was for South Africa.
Erasmus arrived in South Africa on Tuesday with captain Siya Kolisi as the pair showed off the trophy to thousands of people at the OR Tambo International Airport.
The Springboks touched down in Johannesburg yesterday with the Web Ellis Cup for all to see.
Captain Siya Kolisi and director of rugby Rassie Erasmus were greeted by a huge crowd as they made their way through the arrival gate.
South Africa beat England 32-12 in the final to lift the trophy for a third time.
It was also a special day for Erasmus, who celebrated his birthday in style.
“Another wish on my birthday is to use the victory as a springboard to make sure that we don’t again lose some of the other things that we had in 2007 and 1995.”
Erasmus said that they were looking forward to the trophy tour which starts in Gauteng on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Sports Minister Nathi Mthetwa has called on South Africans to use the Springboks’ World Cup win as a chance to unite in fighting against issues the country faces.
Mthetwa spoke at a briefing last night alongside Kolisi and Erasmus who, along with the coveted Web Ellis trophy, were the last group to arrive from Japan to a rousing reception at OR Tambo International Airport.
Mthethwa said that there were lessons to be learnt from their historic win.
“They affected people outside the field [of play] which is 57 million people in South Africa. Their win covered our country with glory and as they did that they made us come closer to each other as South Africans.”
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