South Africa's triumph hailed as an 'inspiration'

South Africa's triumph hailed as an 'inspiration'

South Africa's triumph hailed as an 'inspiration'

"We love you South Africa and we can achieve anything if we work together as one".

They will be thrust nearly immediately into a gruelling round of public appearances as the country celebrates winning the World Cup and SA Rugby seeks to capitalise on the team's popularity.

"Coach Rassie (Erasmus) spotted me at 18 and brought me to the Stormers and I have been working hard since then".

Some white supporters had believed that including blacks would seriously weaken the team and turn the Springboks into rugby also-rans.

"In South Africa, it (pressure) is not having a job, having a close relative who is murdered".

South Africa defeated England 32 -12 on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.

On Saturday the sequel was etched into folklore.

Whereas the All Blacks have additionally gained the largest prize in rugby thrice, they've performed in all 9 editions of the World Cup.

Cape Town - The 2019 Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok squad are due to arrive back in South Africa on a number of flights from Japan over a two day period between Tuesday and Wednesday, November 5 and 6.

In the apartheid era, during which black South Africans were barred from opportunities and public facilities by a political system of racial segregation, rugby was seen by many as the sport of the country's minority white community.

Faf de Klerk poses for his post-match winner's portrait wearing only South African flag Speedos. Together a nation can achieve anything.

Kolisi - raised by a grandmother who would scrub kitchens to make money, bedding down each night on a pile of cushions - expressed the hope yesterday that his team's victory would "pull the country together". He found a way to return to their strengths while integrating the best parts of different rugby cultures into a team that so often was torn apart by differences. Tendai Mtawarira - or the "Beast" as he is known - was rejuvenated to lead a pack that demolished England in the final. They beat an England team, after all, that dispatched the All Blacks the week before. "It's about time that people of colour can come forward to prove to the world that we are capable and probably better". Erasmus underlined it with the way they adapted after the opening loss to the All Blacks.

He was in charge of Australia when England were victorious in 2003 for their only World Cup win.

And for a country that saw the death of 1995 wingers Chester Williams and James Small this year, Mapimpi and Kolbe both scoring in the final - the former the first Bok try in a World Cup final - was somewhat poignant. Rugby should not create pressure, it should create hope. We did that for a while, got ourselves back into the game, but in the end we had to force the game and gave away a couple of tries.

"The moment you see it that way, it becomes a hell of a privilege - and that's how we tackled this whole World Cup campaign".

Rather than a burden, he wanted the players to embrace the privilege of representing their nation on the global stage and giving a struggling people hope.

The All Blacks' dignified behaviour was a stark contrast to the England rugby team, who were criticised for being sore losers after the final. "So that's how we should be remembered", he said afterwards.

"There are a lot of problems in South Africa - which are real pressure".

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Twelve years later, they gained it once more - additionally in opposition to England - and it has been one other 12-year hole to their third.

Mandela had become his country's first black president just a year before South Africa won the 1995 World Cup.

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