Rain­bow Na­tion savour­ing Cup tri­umph

Mercury (Hobart) - - TRIATHLON, SAILING -

AS black and white play­ers hugged, danced and shared beer from the Webb El­lis Cup, peo­ple across South Africa cel­e­brated the Spring­boks’ third world ti­tle.

Al­most a quar­ter-cen­tury af­ter the first, de­fined by the iconic scene of Pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela wear­ing his green No. 6 jer­sey as he held the tro­phy with win­ning cap­tain Fran­cois Pien­aar, Siya Kolisi wore the No.6 as he lifted the tro­phy af­ter a 32-12 win over Eng­land in Yoko­hama.

The first black player ap­pointed cap­tain in 128 years of Spring­boks’ his­tory, Kolisi says his squad is ev­i­dence that har­mony can over­come ad­ver­sity.

“We love you, South Africa,” Kolisi said in a post-game speech, “and we can achieve any­thing if we work to­gether as one.”

Coach Rassie Eras­mus pen­cilled in for the Webb El­lis Cup to be taken back and pa­raded around South Africa this week.

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