After an incredible final match against England in Tokyo, Japan, our World Cup champions return to home soil this week. The Springboks united the country when they defeated England during the finals last weekend, with the country’s first African captain, Siya Kolisi, leading the team to victory.
Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus, Springbok captain Siya Kolisi and vice-captain Handre Pollard will be amongst the first to arrive at OR Thambo later today, Tuesday, November 5. The rest of the team will land in Johannesburg on Wednesday, November 6.
The national World Cup Champions Tour officially kicks off on November 7 in Gauteng and will continue to include stops across the country where the RWC champions will parade the Webb Ellis Cup for fans. Take a look at all the dates and venus below (more details may still be released) as well as some of the most memorable tributes made by celebrities and fans across the world.
The RWC Champions tour stops:
– Thursday, 7 November: Pretoria, Johannesburg and Soweto
– Friday, 8 November: Durban
– Saturday, 9 November: East London
– Sunday, 10 November: Port Elizabeth
– Monday, 11 November: Cape Town
Springbok Tributes from across the world
Durban artists – Ewokessay, Mook Lion, Dane Stops, and Giffy – pay tribute to Springboks with a massive mural
Trevor Noah expresses his pride in our rugby team and our captain Siya Kolisi
To say we’re proud would be an understatement. Congrats to a team that many wrote off just a year ago. Our captain took criticism from all sides but today, the Springboks are back on top of the world. Well done Bokke. You have made us all proud. #rugbyworldcup2019 #southafrica pic.twitter.com/ETHS1w4b2T
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) November 2, 2019
South African actress and star of the hit show Lucifer, Lesley-Ann Brandt congratulates the Bokke too…
Never underestimate a South African with a goal. We are determined AF! 👊🏾👏🏾🇿🇦💛 https://t.co/OmoORd6N0m
— 📎Lesley-Ann Brandt (@LesleyAnnBrandt) November 2, 2019
Charlize Theron sends her love…
— Charlize Theron (@CharlizeAfrica) November 3, 2019
Roger Federer – whose mother is from South Africa – congratulates the Bokke…
Thank you Roger Federer!🇿🇦#StrongerTogether
Posted by Springboks on Sunday, 3 November 2019
And Prince Harry, who considers South Africa a second home, makes a point of personally congratulating the entire team on camera as well as President Cyril Ramaphosa