PRETORIA/TOKYO, South Africans have been celebrating after their rugby team beat England 32-12 in the world cup final in Japan.
The victory under Siya Kolisi, the team’s first black captain, was another symbolic moment for the Springboks.
In 1995, former President Nelson Mandela famously celebrated on the podium with captain Francois Pienaar after their first world cup win.
This is the third time that the Springboks have won the trophy equalling New Zealand’s record.
At the final whistle, fans at a public viewing centre in South Africa’s main city Johannesburg were chanting Kolisi’s name.
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, who was in Japan for the final, tweeted: We are the champions.
We are so grateful to the people of South Africa, Kolisi said after the match.
We have so many problems in our country. [The team] come from different backgrounds and different races and we came together with one goal and we wanted to achieve it.
I really hope we’ve done that for South Africa, to show that we can pull together if want to achieve something.
Source: NAM News Network