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Cape Town – “It is such a good news story at a time when South Africa really needed
it. It is almost the answer to a prayer,” saysJohn Robbie– watching
thousands of people flood the Johannesburg streets to celebrate their
third Rugby World Cup.
It might be nearly three weeks since the Springboks beat England in Yokohama,
but in South Africa the accolades continue to stream in for captain Siya Kolisi
and his team.
According to the officialBritish & Irish Lions website, 24 years on from that Hollywood ending to the 1995 World Cup, the
Springboks’ ability to unite is still as strong – and British &
Irish Lion No 574 can hardly contain his joy.
The former scrumhalf featured in seven games, including the fourth
and final Test on the 1980 Tour, but South Africa is his adopted home.
He has lived there since 1981, was even called-up to the South Africa
squad, and went on to become a popular and influential radio talk show
host for 30 years – putting everyone from politicians to Springbok
captains under the spotlight.
“I was looking at the TV live and all the channels are showing the
start of the victory parade. It is going to go on for five days and we
have millions of people turning out,” said the former Ireland
“In some ways, this is more important than what happened in 1995.
After Nelson Mandela’s election, the country really was buzzing to the
extent that people almost ignored the masses of problems we faced.
“We got a grip on that but the economy has struggled in the last few
years. So winning the World Cup has unleashed this amazing expression of
joy from everybody and you can see how much it means from the speeches
afterwards. They have all been from the heart.”
South Africa’s achievements are all the more remarkable, considering the depths they reached two years ago.
They won just two of six games in the 2017 Rugby Championship,
including a 57-0 loss to New Zealand, before two further defeats
followed in the autumn internationals, with the 38-3 de
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