Springboks Kolisi load shedding

Siya Kolisi celebrates with fans during the 2023 Rugby World Cup South Africa Trophy Tour. Photo: BackpagePix

WATCH: Kolisi, Springboks take Cape Town by storm

The Springboks, and especially captain Siya Kolisi, received a raucous welcome at the Cape Town airport on Thursday night.

Springboks Kolisi load shedding

Siya Kolisi celebrates with fans during the 2023 Rugby World Cup South Africa Trophy Tour. Photo: BackpagePix

The Springboks’ Trophy Tour after winning the World Cup kicked off on Thursday in Johannesburg, Soweto, and Pretoria, with wild scenes greeting the team on their Gauteng route.

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The five largest population centres in the country – Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Soweto, and Pretoria – have been given priority to provide the maximum number of people with the opportunity to welcome the team.

Cape Town is the next stop on the tour, and the scenes at Cape Town international airport on Thursday once again demonstrated just how much this World Cup triumph has meant to the people of South Africa.

In particular, captain Siya Kolisi led the charge as he brought incredible energy to the arrival ‘party’.

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Watch the wild scenes that greeted the Springboks below:

There have been some complaints about certain areas missing out on seeing the Springboks parade the World Cup trophy, but in a statement, SA Rugby president Mark Alexander has sought to highlight that the tour’s purpose was to reach as many people as possible within the limited timeframe before the squad disperses.

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Furthermore, the significance of the Eastern Cape in the history, development, and future of black rugby was acknowledged, leading to a visit to Buffalo City on a non-working day to enable individuals from the region to be part of the celebration.

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The Boks have made the country proud

Regarding the choice of Buffalo City over Nelson Mandela Bay, Alexander noted that another significant Springbok event is planned for the metropole in 2024, although specific details are yet to be confirmed.

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Alexander said: “The players’ club commitments necessitate their swift return or immediate rehabilitation after 21 weeks of intense competition since the Castle Lager Rugby Championship began.

“Satellite tours to other population centres in the Free State, North West, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, and Northern Cape, among other places, are in the planning stages, with scheduling contingent on players’ club commitments.

“While it was always challenging to visit every town and city due to time constraints, we are confident that our choices and ongoing planning will enable us to visit all major population centres in every province over time. With the Cup in our possession for another four years, there’s ample opportunity for that.”

“Thank you, South Africa,” concluded Alexander.

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