Springboks Victory Tour: 2023 Rugby World Cup Champs Release Celebration Schedule in South Africa

Springboks Victory Tour: 2023 Rugby World Cup Champs Release Celebration Schedule in South Africa

Joel Reyes
updated at November 1, 2023 at 8:00 AM
  • South Africa defeated New Zealand in the 2023 Rugby World Cup final
  • A victory tour has been arranged for the world champions this week
  • The four-time World Cup winners return to South Africa this Tuesday

The 2023 Rugby World Cup champs are coming home.

SA Rugby has confirmed the dates for the Springboks’ arrival in South Africa and their upcoming victory tour.

They issued the statement on Sunday, sending South African fans eager to meet their heroes into a frenzy.

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Siya Kolisi and Cheslin Kolbe celebrate their Rugby World Cup win over New Zealand; South African fans watch the final between the Boks and the All Blacks. Images: Adam Pretty/ GIANLUIGI GUERCIA.
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According to SA Rugby, the Boks will arrive back in South Africa on Tuesday morning, with their plane scheduled to land at OR Tambo International Airport at 10:55am, per IOL.

The Springboks will start their victory tour in Pretoria, Johannesburg, and Soweto on Thursday before moving to Cape Town on Friday.

Other South African fans will also get to meet their heroes this coming weekend, with the four-time champions travelling to Durban on Saturday and East London on Sunday for the conclusion of their tour.

Springboks' memorable 2023 title run

The Springboks took their fans on a wild ride in the 2023 Rugby World Cup, recording one-point wins in all of their games in the playoffs.

They came from behind to beat host nation France in the quarter-finals 29-28. The Boks produced another miraculous escape in the semi-finals, beating England 16-15.

South Africa scored 10 unanswered points in the final ten minutes of that contest to book a return trip to the finals.

The showdown against New Zealand delivered more drama, with the two powerhouse teams slugging it out for the entire 80 minutes in the final.

South Africa started strongly, building a 12-6 lead at the break over 14-man New Zealand.

The All Blacks came fighting back in the second half despite being a man down, with Beauden Barrett cutting the deficit to just one point with a try in the 59th minute.

Fortunately for the Springboks, they were able to hold on to their 12-11 lead, with both teams failing to score points in the final 20 minutes of play, per the BBC.

Kolisi and Kolbe's heartwarming moment goes viral

Captain, Siya Kolisi’s actions after South Africa’s win over New Zealand was confirmed went viral, with fans praising his gesture towards sin-binned teammate, Cheslin Kolbe.

Sports Brief reported on Kolisi hugging Kolbe after the match. The blazing winger was emotional in the latter stages as his yellow card nearly cost the Springboks in the final.

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Joel Reyes is a sports editor at Sportsbrief.com with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.
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