President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his elation at the Springboks’ triumph in the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, saying “it’s a great outcome”.

Springboks earn high praise following RWC triumph

Speaking shortly after the Springboks, led by captain Siya Kolisi, beat England 32-12 at the International Stadium in Yokohama, he said:

“The boys have outshone everyone in the world. They are the best; they are the best team.

“When I spoke to them hours before the match, I could see in their eyes that they were really determined, and they have delivered a great victory. It was really Go Bokke! We are the champions; indeed, we are the champions of the world.”

Cyril Ramaphosa

A moment of inspiration

Ramaphosa congratulated Kolisi, coach Rassie Erasmus and the technical staff, the tournament squad, the team on the day, and the leadership of SA Rugby for securing the Webb Ellis Trophy at the first rugby world cup to be staged in Asia. 

“This is a historic moment for South Africa, for world rugby, and for Japan, as the host nation and close partner of South Africa. This historic win has been achieved with the passionate support of more than 57 million South Africans who have been inspired by the Springboks’ performances throughout the tournament,” he said.

“This is a powerful indicator of what we can achieve as South Africans when we set goals for ourselves and we work together to achieve success. This is a moment of inspiration for all South Africans in all avenues of life and all sectors of our society. It is a moment that is embedded forever in our national memory.” 

Cyril Ramaphosa

Ramaphosa also commended England as worthy finalists in Yokohama, and said the world cup result would ensure intense interest and competition in the 2021 tour of South Africa by the British & Irish Lions featuring the best players from England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. 

Ramaphosa would depart from Tokyo on Sunday to continue the national celebration on home soil, the presidency said in a statement.

African News Agency (ANA), editing by Jacques Keet

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