Free State unhappy with Springbok World Cup trophy tour snub

Carrie Guzman
November 11, 2019

"Today is not a day of speeches, we are in a celebratory mood".

Coach Rassie Erasmus included six forwards among his eight replacements in key World Cup matches, which allowed him to bring on virtually a new, fresh pack during the second half.

"I am grateful for the opportunities afforded to me by many top coaches at the Springboks and the Sharks, and grateful to my numerous teammates in green and gold, and black and white, over the years".

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

On a sunny morning, Kolisi stood Thursday at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, the seat of South Africa's government, and said the support of ordinary South Africans was "the most important thing".

The cheering crowd became frenzied when Ramaphosa arrived on a makeshift stage, to meet the team led by Erasmus.

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According to a statement made by Free State Rugby president Jerry Segwaba, SA Rugby made the decision on the fact the Springboks had to return to their teams, both local and overseas, by Monday, meaning that there just was not enough time to include the central province in the schedule. We are saying, "you are warriors, you are our heroes, you have made us proud as South Africans".

"We worked as hard as we could, brought all our differences together and I think that's what made us special as a team".

"In my view, Africa won the 2019 Rugby World Cup".

Siya Kolisi's men touched down in East London late on Friday afternoon from Durban before conducting their tour from City Hall to various areas around Buffalo City on Saturday. Tendai Mtawarira, all the way from Zimbabwe, was very pivotal in that win.

Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok loose forward Francois Louw has called time on an outstanding global career.

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