Captain Siya Kolisi thanked South Africa for its support of the Springbok team and reflected on the importance of the nail-biting, 19-16, Rugby World Cup semi-final victory over Wales at the Yokohama International Stadium on Sunday.
“When we last won the World Cup, I was watching it in the tavern, because we didn’t have a TV at home,” said Kolisi, who was 16 when John Smit’s Springboks won the title in 2007.
“I remember what it did for us as a nation – I have never seen people come together over sport like that. Thank you for your support South Africa – it really means a lot to us.”
The victory earned the Springboks a repeat of that 2007 final with a showdown against England back at Yokohama on Saturday.
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