Hero's welcome awaits S. African national team for winning RWC championship
South African captain Siya Kolisi holds the Webb Ellis Cup after South Africa defeated England to win the Rugby World Cup final at International Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama, Japan, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. [Photo: AP]
South Africa will give a hero's welcome to its national team, the Springboks, for winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup (RWC) championship, the government said on Monday.
South Africans are encouraged to come out in their numbers and give the Springboks a hero's welcome as they are expected to arrive at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg at 17:00pm on Tuesday, government spokesperson Phumla Williams said.
"This is indeed a momentous occasion as the champions bring home the Webb Ellis Cup," Williams said.
South Africa fans watching a giant screen at the Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg, South Africa, celebrate South Africa scoring points during the Rugby World Cup final between South Africa and England being played in Tokyo, Japan on Saturday Nov. 2, 2019. South Africa defeated England 32-12. [Photo: AP]
The Springboks, beat England 32-12 at the International Stadium Yokohama, Tokyo on Saturday to lift the William Webb-Ellis trophy. It is the third time that the Springboks have won the cup.
As part of the national celebrations, the Springbok Trophy Tour is scheduled to take place between November 7-11 across various parts of the country.
Fans and people from all walks of life are encouraged to be part of the Springboks victory parade by lining the streets, wearing their supporter's shirts and fly the South African flag to show support and love to the team, Williams said.
The team has shown all South Africans that by working together they can overcome any challenge, said Williams.
"Their performance serves as an inspiration for our youth to participate in sport and enhance the country's success and growth in the industry," she said.
The Springbok's outstanding win is an indication of the capability of South Africans to reach world class performance, said Williams.
Also on Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa said the Springbok's success in winning the 2019 RWG inspired the whole society to "put our collective shoulder to the wheel as we confront our economic, political and social challenges together."
"At a time when South Africa is experiencing profound challenges, we have rallied around the victory in Japan," Ramaphosa said in his weekly address from the Desk of the President.
The outpouring of support for the Springboks on the road to the final once again showed the immense potential of sport to unite South Africans as a people, the president said.