▶️ South Africa’s Rugby World Cup champions were welcomed as heroes by thousands of exuberant fans as they paraded through Johannesburg and Soweto with the Webb Ellis Cup, Thursday, November 7, following their victorious win in Japan. The Springboks, led by captain Siya Kolisi, toured through the area on top of a bus while taking turns hoisting the trophy as fans cheered, danced and sang below.
👉 The rugby champions are touring the African nation following their triumph at the Rugby World Cup in Japan which culminated with a 32 -12 win over England at the final in Yokohama, Saturday, November 2.
The win, many fans said, is reminiscent of the nation’s 1995 triumph at the same tournament. South Africa ended the racist apartheid system in 1994. The next year, the country’s first black president, Nelson Mandela, walked onto the pitch, wearing a green-and-gold Springbok jersey, to congratulate team captain Francois Pienaar. Their warm embrace showed this divided nation a path to racial reconciliation. (VOA/Reuters)