President Cyril Ramaphosa has commended the Springboks after their historic 2023 Rugby World Cup victory at the Stade de France on Saturday night (SA 12 – NZL 11).

The Springboks claimed their Rugby World Cup victory over New Zealand, making South Africa the first country to win the championship four times.

The President offered his congratulations to the team, as well as coaching team, the broader squad and the team management, and technical and support staff.

“Stronger Together is a belief that came to life for Springbok supporters all around our country and continent, and the world. Sport has the power to transform individuals’ lives and lift the spirits of entire nations.

“Tonight [Saturday], Siya Kolisi and the 2023 World Cup champions have gifted us an extraordinary, inspired and inspiring national achievement that lifts our hearts and hoists our flag even higher,” President Ramaphosa said.

President Ramaphosa also commended New Zealand for a hard-fought World Cup campaign that made the All Blacks deserving finalists.

Meanwhile, the President will on Monday address the nation on Monday at 8pm

*SA Rugby announced that the Boks are expected to arrive at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg at 10:55 on Tuesday morning (31 October 2023).

A mere 48 hours later, they will embark on their much-anticipated trophy tour around the country where they will parade the Webb Ellis Cup to their loyal fans.

The journey begins in Pretoria, Johannesburg, and Soweto, with a grand conclusion at the FNB Stadium on Thursday, 2 November.

The tour then shifts to Cape Town on Friday, 3 November, followed by Durban on Saturday, 4 November.

The final leg of this whirlwind tour will be in the rugby-rich Eastern Cape, specifically East London, on Sunday, 5 November.

The times, venues and intricate destinations for each province will be determined in due course.

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