Mukoni Ratshitanga
5 minute read
1 Nov 2019
6:25 am

The Springboks are national heroes

Mukoni Ratshitanga

We cannot but reflect on and appreciate the immense progress registered in bringing about greater racial and class representativity in rugby since 1995.

Siya Kolisi during a send off at OR Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park, 30 August 2019 ahead of the Springboks heading to Japan for the Rugby World Cup. Picture: Neil McCartney

Tomorrow morning, the Springboks and England will face each other in a titanic clash of the ninth Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama, Japan. Undoubtedly, the 72,327 capacity sports venue will be filled to the brim. The spectators at the venue – including President Cyril Ramaphosa and United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose respective national leadership roles would not have permitted that they miss the occasion for anything but tragedies on a scale the two nations have happily so far been spared, will be joined by millions of South African and British citizens who will be glued on television...