Rainbow Nation savouring Cup triumph
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.