Kolisi hopeful South Africa's Rugby World Cup triumph will prove inspirational

Tanya Simon
November 8, 2019

A difference between the South Africa Jones was involved with as their technical adviser and the team his England will face today is one of development.

Rassie Erasmus left his role as Director of Rugby with Munster to coach his country's side and a little under two years later, South Africa have won the World Cup. "I thought England were pretty exceptional in this World Cup as well", O'Gara said.

England v South Africa will kick off at 9:00 am on Saturday 2nd November 2019. South Africa continued its 12-year cycle of victories, on the way trashing the theory that to lose one match was to lose hopes of the trophy.

Erasmus singled out their inspirational leader who has come through the hardship of not having food to eat before becoming a World Cup-winning captain.

"The message I think I take from this is it is the best team for the 80 minutes because to beat New Zealand you have to empty the tank". "They had a 26-hour timeline for Kolisi's dad to fly from a township to Yokohama, Japan, he didn't have a passport and had never flown".

"But then sport comes in and boom - it just brings people together and gels them. the message that (young kids) would have seen about unity, about working together, and that lovely speech of both the coach and the captain is strong".

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South Africa were crowned champions of the world with the best player on the planet this weekend but not even Pieter-Steph du Toit could make the Opta team of the Rugby World Cup.

"People don't know South Africa", he says. "And then maybe we have to pull up stumps". And then I see my number and the [current] South African president wearing the number, which Mr Mandela wore, and I know that Cyril (Ramaphosa) was very close to Mandela.

Kolisi had his father and two children with him in Yokohama.

"We got in trouble in the scrum, we struggled in the first half, made some personnel changes in the second half and got back into it, but for some reason South Africa were too strong for us", he added.

"They have really been driving us, they have been behind us".

Three years after he snuck into a pub to watch the 2007 final, Kolisi was a Junior Springbok.

Following the sensational win, which will come as a huge lift in a nation facing a lot of civil unrest, a lot of praise has been heaped on South Africa's sensational captain Siya Kolisi, the nation's first black captain.

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