While the Springboks made their way back to South Africa, flyhalf Handré Pollard was caught on camera cuddling with the Web Ellis Cup.
Pollard and the Web Ellis Cup
This comes after the Sprignboks became rugby world champions after winning the Rugby World Cup for the third time.
Pollard played a major role in securing the Springboks’ win over England not only in the final but throughout the tournament.
As reported by Sport24, Pollard finished the tournament as the leading points scorer – with 69 (22 of which came in the final alone) – and also landed the most penalties (16).
The Blue Bulls took to Instagram on Tuesday to show Pollard spooning the Webb Ellis Cup before it landed in SA:
They captioned the photo:
“Sleep tight gorgeous, see you soon… (oh, you as well @handrepollard).”
For now, Pollard will continue his rugby career at Montpellier in France in the coming months. The Bulls have moved quickly to fill his role by signing Morne Steyn.
The Springboks return home
The Springboks arrived in trickles at OR Tambo International Airport to scores of adoring fans on Tuesday, but no cheer was as big as what greeted captain Siya Kolisi, who held the trophy aloft for all to see on arrival.
The skipper touched down a little later than was initially expected, alongside coach Rassie Erasmus.
RWC trophy parade
The public has a chance to catch a glimpse of the trophy, with the World Champions set to embark on a five-day tour to show off rugby’s grand prize.
The tour begins in Gauteng on Thursday, 7 November, with stops in Pretoria, Johannesburg, as well as Soweto.
The world champions are in Durban on Friday, and trek along the coast from Saturday to Monday, stopping off at East London, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town respectively.