Cape Town — Following their nail-biting victory over old foes New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup final, the Springboks can expect to return home to a heroes welcome.
The Springboks battled hard to earn an 12-11 victory in the World Cup final, making history by becoming the first nation to lift the Webb Ellis trophy four times.
According to an SA Rugby, the team attended the World Rugby gala on Sunday evening where all the top rugby awards were handed out. The team is expected to leave France on Monday morning and return to South Africa on Tuesday. The tour will commence 48 hours later.
— Springboks (@Springboks) October 29, 2023
The tour will start in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Soweto – concluding at FNB Stadium – on Thursday, 2 November, and take in Cape Town (Friday, 3 November) and Durban (Saturday, 4 November) before concluding in the Eastern Cape (East London) on Sunday, 5 November.
The locations were chosen due to their population sizes, as well as the Eastern Cape due to it’s huge rugby significance and popularity.
The statement also revealed that satellite tours will take place for other major cities such as Bloemfontein, Nelson Mandela Bay, and many other centres.
For many South Africans, the win brought reprieve amongst very difficult times as a nation. As The South African reported, The Springboks’ victory is not just a win on the rugby field; it’s a triumph that unites a nation. As the players return home to the warm embrace of their fans, South Africa is set to bask in the glory of this historic achievement.
The Springboks go down in history for having won the Rugby World Cup more than any other nation, but this alone is not what makes this an exceptional triumph. The symbolism of this victory is as significant as the great sporting achievement we have witnessed.… pic.twitter.com/OwtwNu1fQy
— Cyril Ramaphosa 🇿🇦 (@CyrilRamaphosa) October 30, 2023
Compiled by Matthew Petersen