Relive the Springboks’ Homecoming Party As South Africans Speak About What It Means to Them: Video

Relive the Springboks’ Homecoming Party As South Africans Speak About What It Means to Them: Video

Jarryd Westerdale
updated at November 1, 2023 at 9:11 AM
  • South Africans came out in all shapes, sizes and colours to celebrate the four-time winners
  • The arrivals terminal at OR Tambo International was as electric as an afternoon at a stadium
  • Fans chanted and cheered before erupting in a cacophony of noise as the Springboks returned

A nation gave their heroes a reminder of why they put the shirt on.

The Springboks arrived home to be figuratively hoisted on the shoulders of thousands of adoring fans at Johannesburg's flagship airport.

Work, school, and prior engagements were skipped as South Africans descended on Kempton Park to get a glimpse of their green and gold heroes.

Springboks, OR Tambo, welcome home, champions.
South Africans packed OR Tambo International to welcome home their Rugby World Cup winning Springboks.
Source: Original

The Boks were due to arrive around 11am, but the public had begun streaming in well before 8am and within hours, the traffic outside OR Tambo International was at a standstill.

The arrivals terminal was transformed into a carnival of green and gold as South Africans scrambled for the best vantage points to get their eyes on Springbok team members.

The first through the sliding doors was captain, Siya Kolisi who energetically rushed towards the crowd and hoisted the Webb Ellis Cup.

The rest of the team snaked through a corridor of barricades as they made their way to the hotel, while a select group stayed behind to hold a press conference.

Kolisi told the media, per SA Rugby:

"Today, South Africa showed us exactly who we did it for. This was not about us as players, this victory was for every South African, and we showed what is possible with this diverse team."
"As a team want to be a reference point for our people, to show them how we can do it, and hopefully they’ll get hope from this team."

Even after the team and coaches had made their way into the hotel, fans stayed behind for hours in the Monday rain to soak up every last drop of magic in the atmosphere.

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Springboks' victory tour confirmed

Sports Brief recently reported on the confirmation of the Springboks' nationwide celebration tour.

The Springboks will start in Gauteng on Thursday before moving to the coastal regions on Friday.

Cape Town begins the coastal leg, followed by Durban and then concluding the tour in East London.

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Jarryd Westerdale
Jarryd Westerdale (based in Johannesburg) joined Sports Brief after four years in the community journalism sphere. He is a two-time Alet Roux Award winner and was a finalist in multiple categories at the Forum of Community Journalism Excellence Awards.
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