Government has joined millions of South Africans, Africans and Springbok fans from across the globe in congratulating the 2023 Rugby World Cup champions, after beating News Zealand during the tournament’s final at the Stade de France in Paris on Saturday night.
In this record-breaking victory, the Springboks showed determination, creativity and strength against New Zealand’s All Blacks.
South Africa’s unwavering confidence in the Springboks was symbolised by the presence of President Cyril Ramaphosa in France, to help the champions to lift the Webb Ellis trophy.
The national rugby side is the first team in a Rugby World Cup to win the tournament for a record fourth time.
Minister in The Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said the victory confirms South Africa’s highest standing in world rugby.
“The Springboks symbolise the resolve, resilience and unbreakable spirit of South Africans as a nation. Never has a team, which was once at the centre of dividing a nation, risen time and again to unite and rally the nation behind one flag, a single identity, and the nation brand.
“The Springboks represent something more than themselves; they unite us in our diversity but one nation. We are proud of the leadership of Captain Siya Kolisi, who led the mighty team to victory. We would also like to appreciate the support of South Africans of all works of life,” Ntshavheni said.
The Minister emphasised that supporting national teams is not just about the game, but “forging a collective spirit that extends beyond the field”.
“It's about instilling a sense of pride in our national identity, reminding us of the incredible strength we possess when we stand together.”
She added that the Springbok’s have etched South Africa’s name in the annals of history.
“We are eternally proud of you Bokke! In your team effort, the camaraderie in your camp, and a truly South African vibe you carried, you demonstrated that indeed we are stronger together - you proved that to the more than 62 million of us and millions more from the African continent who stood behind you. We can’t wait to welcome you back home,” Ntshavheni said.
Government has also congratulated the All Blacks for their excellent display of rugby skill against the Springboks and commended all South Africans for rallying behind the team and supporting them through the nail-biting games. – SAnews.gov.za
Source: South African Government News Agency