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Rugby World Cup 2019: South Africans scream, sing and dance as Springboks make heroes return after third title

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Rugby World Cup 2019: South Africans scream, sing and dance as Springboks make heroes return after third title

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  • Black and white, male and female, young, middle aged and old, low-income earners and the wealthy all descended on the airport east of Johannesburg to salute their heroes.

  • Many wore replica green and gold shirts and waved national flags as they celebrated the rugby triumph, which was all the sweeter after poor recent results by the national football and cricket teams.

  • The Springboks first dominated and then crushed pre-match favourites England 32-12 in Japanese city Yokohama last Saturday to lift the World Cup a record-equalling third time.

Johannesburg, South Africa:Thousands of South Africans screamed with joy, danced and sang at OR Tambo airport near Johannesburg on Tuesday as the Springboks who won the Rugby World Cup returned home.

Forward Pieter-Steph du Toit, voted World Rugby Player of the Year two days ago, and scrum-half Faf de Klerk were among the first to arrive.

Rugby World Cup 2019: South Africans scream, sing and dance as Springboks make heroes return after third title

Springbok fans gathered in huge number as they wait for the South African Rugby team’s arrival after winning the World Cup in Japan. AFP

Nearly four hours later, the star attractions, captain Siya Kolisi and coach Rassie Erasmus, touched down to a frenzied reception.

The victorious squad, coaches and officials were scheduled to arrive between Tuesday and Wednesday as no airline could accommodate the entire group on one flight.

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