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By Neil McCartney

Chief Photographer and Multimedia Journalist


In pictures: The victorious Springboks arrive back in SA to a rousing welcome

The Springboks returned to South Africa today after their victory at the Rugby World Cup in France. Our Chief Photographer, Neil McCartney was there and caught some of the action.


Fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen

Fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen

Fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen

Fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen

Fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen

Siya Kolisi as fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Captain Siya Kolisi shows the William Webb Ellis Cup to the fans at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen

Fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen

Siya Kolisi as fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Siya Kolisi as fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Rassie Erasmus as fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Rassie Erasmus as fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen

Fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen

Rassie Erasmus passes the Webb Ellis Cup to Jessie Kriel as fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Rassie Erasmus passes the Webb Ellis Cup to Jessie Kriel as fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Cheslin Kolbe as fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Cheslin Kolbe as fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Eben Etzebeth behind the Webb Ellis Cup as fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Eben Etzebeth behind the Webb Ellis Cup as fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Springbok fans from Zambia as fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Springbok fans from Zambia as fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Trevor Nyakane dances as fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Trevor Nyakane dances as fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Jacques Nienaber as fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Jacques Nienaber as fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
SA engraved on the Webb Ellis cup as fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
SA engraved on the Webb Ellis cup as fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Bongi Mbonambi as fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Bongi Mbonambi as fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Siya Kolisi as fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Siya Kolisi as fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Siya Kolisi and Jacques Nienaber in the press conference as fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Siya Kolisi and Jacques Nienaber in the press conference at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen

Cheslin Kolbe with the Webb Ellis Trophy as fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Cheslin Kolbe with the Webb Ellis Trophy outside the OR Tambo international airport event to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Siya Kolisi and Jacques Nienaber in the press conference as fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Siya Kolisi and Jacques Nienaber in the press conference at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Siya Kolisi with the Webb Ellis Cup as fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Siya Kolisi with the Webb Ellis Cup at OR Tambo international airport where fans gathered to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Siya Kolisi, Cheslin Kolbe and Eben Etzebeth as fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Siya Kolisi, Cheslin Kolbe and Eben Etzebeth at OR Tambo international airport as a large group of fans gathered to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen

Siya Kolisi as fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Siya Kolisi shows the cup to fans gathered at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Eben Etzebeth behind the Webb Ellis Cup as fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Eben Etzebeth behind the Webb Ellis Cup at OR Tambo international airport in the press conference to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen

Bongi Mbonambi as fans gather at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen
Bongi Mbonambi gestures to the fans gathered at OR Tambo international airport to welcome the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks back home, 31 October 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen

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