President Cyril Ramaphosa has congratulated the team for beating New Zealand to become the 2023 Rugby World Cup champions. The final took place at the Stade de France in Paris on Saturday night, marking South Africa’s fourth victory in the tournament.
The entire nation watched the live spectacle, filled with anticipation and nerves. South Africans celebrated as the Springboks brought the trophy home. President Ramaphosa expressed his pride and gratitude, stating, ‘We have done it, we have really done it. This victory is not just for South Africa but for the whole of Africa.’
The team’s captain, Siya Kolisi, was hailed as a hero for leading the Springboks to victory. He expressed his gratitude to the fans and the host country, saying, ‘France is so welcoming, and we hope to reciprocate the same hospitality when we host the tournament in the future. We are one world, one nation.’
The win has ignited a sense of national pride among South Africans. In Mangaung, Free State, fans expressed their excitement and joy. One fan exclaimed, ‘They made history, they made us proud.
This victory reminds us of the spirit of Bloemfontein Celtic, and this is how we celebrate.’ Another fan echoed the sentiment, saying, ‘The All Blacks are always strong, and this was the final. The Springboks have made us proud as South Africans.’
The victory not only showcases South Africa’s dominance in the sport but also serves as a symbol of unity and resilience. It is a testament to the team’s hard work, dedication, and the unwavering support of the nation. This historic win will be remembered for years to come and will inspire future generations of rugby players.