Published: Sun, November 10, 2019
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Kolisi is more popular than me, jokes Ramaphosa as ‘Boks start tour

Kolisi is more popular than me, jokes Ramaphosa as ‘Boks start tour

"We are very happy and proud to be here with the trophy today".

"Beast is someone who never complained, always put in the hard work and simply got on with his job in his typically unassuming way", Alexander said.

"I am grateful for the opportunities afforded to me by many top coaches at the Springboks and the Sharks, and grateful to my numerous team mates over the years". Several government ministers and officials of the SA Rugby Union were present.

A quarter of a century after breaking free of apartheid, and 24 years after the Springboks won the Cup for the first time in front of then-president Nelson Mandela, South Africa's progress is still undermined by significant social problems.

Traffic came to a standstill and flag-waving crowds lined the streets of the CBD as the parade snaked its way to the City Hall to the chanting of Siya, Siya, Siya!

"We are fast-tracking Siya because we know what we have in him and he is our captain".

Thousands of fans braved wet and windy conditions to congratulate the 2019 Rugby World Cup Champions on bringing home the Webb Ellis Cup. Tendai Mtawarira, all the way from Zimbabwe, was very pivotal in that win.

The team will also recognise the country's newest nation builder, captain Kolisi, by taking the World Cup to the people of the Zwide township in the Eastern Cape province where he grew up.

The Springboks' RWC Trophy Tour kicks off in Gauteng on Thursday when they will travel through parts of Pretoria, Johann.

After Soweto, the Springboks' homecoming tour will continue in Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.

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