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Free State unhappy with Springbok World Cup trophy tour snub

10 November 2019

We thank them for the impact that this victory has had in our country. you've lifted the spirit in many people in our country. "I would like to thank the rest of the coaching staff as well".

"'The Beast' is someone who never complained, always put in the hard work and simply got on with his job in his typically unassuming way", he said.

On a sunny morning, Kolisi stood Thursday at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, the seat of South Africa's government, and said the support of ordinary South Africans was "the most important thing".

The cheering crowd became frenzied when Ramaphosa arrived on a makeshift stage, to meet the team led by Erasmus.

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He started the final against England, which South Africa won 32-12, before being replaced by Steven Kirchoff soon after half-time in a pre-arranged move.

"We are so proud of you guys, and we are very grateful that you went out there and brought the trophy home".

Residents packed the streets, wearing Springboks colours, and singing, ululating, blowing vuvuzelas, and waving South African flags.

"We are fast-tracking Siya because we know what we have in him and he is our captain".

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Free State Rugby have expressed their disappointment with the decision to not include the province in the Springboks' World Cup victory parade.

Zimbabwe-born Mtawarira, 34, has been a fixture at loose head prop since debuting in 2008 and he is the third most capped Springbok with 117 after retired duo Victor Mayfield and Bryan Habana.

They will parade in East London on Saturday and Port Elizabeth on Sunday.

On Friday, 8 November 2019, the National Victory Tour will hit Durban to continue along the eastern coastal cities of the country until the Springboks reach Cape Town on Monday, 11 November 2019, according to the team's travel programme.

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Free State unhappy with Springbok World Cup trophy tour snub