Thousands brave cold, rain to welcome Springboks
Thousands South African cold, wet weather to greet the Rugby World Cup-winning Springboks when they arrived in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
Many of them wore green and gold, the colors of the national team, as they filled every available space at OR Tambo airport to greet the four-time world champions. South Africa edged out arch-rivals New Zealand 12-11 in a thrilling final in Paris last Saturday to make it back-to-back titles after winning the 1995 and 2007 title deciders. Supporters cheered each other on as captain Siya Kolisi entered the public area, joking with the crowd while holding the Webb Ellis Cup, and taking selfies with jubilant supporters.
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“Thank you to the people of South Africa. We’ve had a long and tough 20 weeks, but it’s been worth it,” said Kolisi, loose forward and the Springboks’ first black test captain. “Six years have passed in this planning. Winning the World Cup in 2019 was an unexpected bonus as the ultimate goal was always to be champions in 2023.”
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