Rugby World Cup 2019: Triumphant Springboks return home to rapturous celebrations

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Springboks captain Siya Kolisi with the Rugby World Cup trophy on the team's triumphant return to Johannesburg.

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Springboks captain Siya Kolisi with the Rugby World Cup trophy on the team’s triumphant return to Johannesburg.

South Africa’s Rugby World Cup-winning players have arrived home, where thousands greeted them with huge cheers at Johannesburg’s international airport

Siya Kolisi kept hoisting the Rugby World Cup trophy in the air and the thousands of South Africans who gathered to welcome home their triumphant Springboks team cheered louder each time.

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The Springboks’ first black captain gave his nation another golden rugby moment when he paraded the Webb Ellis Cup through a packed arrivals hall at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ time).

South Africans celebrated the Springboks’ victory over England in the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday.

The surprisingly dominant 32-12 win over England in Saturday’s final in Japan delivered South Africa’s third Rugby World Cup title. There’s a mood at home that this one might be as meaningful as the first in 1995, won in front of Nelson Mandela and in the immediate aftermath of the dismantling of apartheid.

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Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus and his team arrive home.

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Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus and his team arrive home.

That gave hope but nearly a quarter of a century later South Africa is still weighed down by the legacy of the apartheid system of racial segregation, and by some new problems on top. South Africans in 2019 worry almost incessantly about poverty, unemployment, violent crime, corruption and a struggling economy in their young democracy.

But this was not a day for frowning in South Africa.

Not even when the people packed into the airport arrivals hall, and the balconies overhead, were made to wait nearly four hours to see Kolisi and the trophy because of airline delays.

As Kolisi emerged from the airplane and walked down a corridor with

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