Jesse Kriel

Springbok centre Jesse Kriel. Photo: SA Rugby website

WATCH: World Cup winner posts special video to Bok teammates

Check out this heartfelt video as Springbok centre Jesse Kriel sends a special message about what the World Cup win meant to him.

Jesse Kriel

Springbok centre Jesse Kriel. Photo: SA Rugby website

Centre Jesse Kriel was undoubtedly one of the Springboks‘ unsung heroes at the Rugby World Cup, taking ownership of the No 13 jersey and making the most of every opportunity that came his way.

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A few weeks after the whirlwind title success, Kriel has posted an emotional video to Instagram where he shares how much the last few months have meant to him and the team.

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Prior to this season, there seemed to be a sentiment that Jesse Kriel was one of those Springbok players who fans simply loved to hate.

Of course, Kriel has never been the flashiest player who dominates headlines, but there is no one else who defied critics more effectively than the 29-year-old in 2023.

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With first-choice outside centre Lukhanyo Am suffering a serious injury on the eve of the World Cup, Kriel had to step into the No 13 jersey – and initially many critics were fearful it would be a massive blow to the team’s title prospects.

As it turned out, Kriel rose to the occasion in quite stunning fashion, producing a consistent series of gutsy performances in one of the most important and defensively challenging positions.

The muscular centre deserves immense credit for delivering arguably the best season of rugby in his international career, as evidenced by the fact he actually found a way to keep Am out of the No 13 jersey even when he returned to the team towards the end of the tournament.

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