Springboks South Africa

South Africa’s Kwagga Smith (L) and RG Snyman (R) celebrate after the Rugby World Cup 2023 semi-final match. Image: EPA/CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON

‘Springboks are rugby’s version of a horror movie’

A New Zealand rugby pundit has paid the Springboks the biggest compliment in the weirdest way ahead of the Rugby World Cup final.

Springboks South Africa

South Africa’s Kwagga Smith (L) and RG Snyman (R) celebrate after the Rugby World Cup 2023 semi-final match. Image: EPA/CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON

A New Zealand radio host has recited a Halloween-themed ode to the Springboks and the never-say-die attitude they’ve displayed so far at the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.

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The Springboks and All Blacks will face off in what could arguably be the greatest World Cup final ever.

Both teams have won three World Cup titles and are in search of a record-breaking fourth; the Springboks have a 100% win record in the RWC finals, while the All Blacks have only lost once in a final with that single defeat coming against South Africa in 1995.

Additionally, Siya Kolisi could become just the second-ever captain to lead his country to back-to-back World Cups, after All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw did so in 2015.

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And All Blacks lock Sam Whitelock could create his own piece of history by becoming the first-ever triple World Cup winner.

There’s no shortage of epic storylines and yet, there’s no animosity between the two teams nor between the two nations and their fans.

And that mutual respect between the sides is best illustrated in this beautiful monologue by a New Zealand radio personality during his description of the Springboks’ tenacity and determination.

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SOUTH AFRICA’S TEAM TO FACE ALL BLACKS IN FINAL

Springboks – 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Subs: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Jean Kleyn, 20 RG Snyman, 21 Kwagga Smith, 22 Jasper Wiese, 23 Willie le Roux.

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