Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah are among the thousands of South Africans wishing the Springboks well ahead of their Rugby World Cup final match against England on Saturday.
In a message posted on his foundation’s page, Tutu said: “Captain of the nation, Siya Kolisi, ou Rassie, Chessie, en all the manne: Siyabulela! Ngiyabonga! Thank you!
“Your dignity, diversity, and courage are infectious. You have restored South African rugby’s pride, and made us all feel good about ourselves.”
Tutu went on to tell the team that they have already won.
“… if you feel weightless when you run onto that Yokohama field on Saturday, it will be because you are being carried by the love, respect, and prayers of 56 million of us at home.”
President @CyrilRamaphosa departing South Africa 🇿🇦 for Yokohama, Japan 🇯🇵 where he will lead the nation’s support for the @Springboks in their Rugby World Cup final against England. #RWC2019 #StrongerTogether pic.twitter.com/TJqFdJou58
— PresidencyZA (@PresidencyZA) October 31, 2019
Before leaving for Japan on Thursday night, President Cyril Ramaphosa said he was excited to visit the Springboks ahead of their game to give them “a lot of encouragement and vooma” from South Africans in their “titanic battle with the english”.
The president said he hoped that South Africa will annihilate the English and bring the Web Ellis Trophy home.
“South Africa’s moment has arrived”. President @CyrilRamaphosa has urged all South Africans to wear their Springbok rugby jerseys and at exactly 13h00, pause for a moment of silence, and those in their cars blow their horns and make the @Springboks feel our presence. #RWC2019 pic.twitter.com/Jtt7GS6Y53
— PresidencyZA (@PresidencyZA) November 1, 2019
A number of South Africa’s top sporting teams have sent their best wishes to the Boks.
— Emirates Lions (@LionsRugbyCo) October 31, 2019
With the Rugby World Cup finals tomorrow we’ve got a special message on behalf of the @CellC Sharks from our very own @jppietersen14 who played in the RWC final against England in 2007 🇿🇦#StrongerTogether #OurSharksForever pic.twitter.com/cNFL3Xikoy
— The Sharks (@TheSharksZA) November 1, 2019
Good luck @Springboks
— Mamelodi Sundowns FC (@Masandawana) November 1, 2019
Getting really excited for Saturday. What an incredible story and turnaround. Whatever happens, I am immensely proud to support the Springboks. Gee hulle gas boys 🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦
— Ryk Neethling (@RykNeethling) October 31, 2019
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