Natural News | Springboks Beat England in the Rugby World Cup 2019


In a time of political uncertainty, economic downgrades, high unemployment rates, racial tensions, xenophobic attacks, comes the rainbow after the hurricane. On the 2nd of November 2019, The Springboks beat England 32-13 ('beat' being an understatement) in order to in the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan to secure their 3rd World Cup (1995, 2007 & 2019) .

This is the first victory with a black captain, in South Africa, displaying diversity and unity in the team, inspiring the nation. Captain Siya Kholisi and Die Bokke arrived in South Africa on 6th November 2019 as real life superheroes amidst a crazy reception at the O.R Tambo International Airport as the entire nation gave them the well deserved support.

Media attention has been the order even before the ending time of the official match against England as our name was already being engraved on the iconic William Webb Ellis cup. There has been buzz from international media such Al Jazeera, CNN, BBC News, to local media such eNCA, SABC News, Africa News Network as well as any and every relevant newspaper and social media frenzy.

The road has surely not been easy as politics, racial tensions along with some bad results have threatened to dim the light on our bright spark in rugby. The coach, Rassie Erasmus, who also holds his primary post as Director of the National Rugby Union, has solved the problems right down from the roots without subduing to all the negativity surrounding the sport at the time. He even made some huge decisions in making Siya Kholisi the first black captain of the Springboks. Although this was an unpopular decision at first, all is well that ends well.

Some positive light has been shed in our country as our President Cyril Ramaphosa gave them much congratulations on the first day of their World Cup Tour in Tshwane. They continued the rest of their Gauteng Tour as the streets were packed with support from numerous South Africans, displaying a mixture of cultures and even people who favour a different sport such as soccer.

The Springboks will continue throughout the weekend in Durban, the Eastern Cape and wrap up in Cape Town on Monday the 11th of November, as they could do with a heroes rest (if any of them can even sleep at all after all this glory). National pride, determination, resilience and unity are only a few words we can use to describe the team's performance on and off the field, but the key words are 'simply inspirational'.

Records were broken by the Springboks such as:

  1. The first try, by Mampimpi, to be scored in a world cup final, which was succeeded by another to show it was no fluke.
  2. The first team to lose a pool game and go on to win the RWC.
  3. The first black captain to lift the trophy.
  4. The most diverse viewership and celebrations ever witnessed in South Africa.

Tata Madiba is surely doing the Madiba Dance in heaven, he would surely be proud. Go Bokke!

Written by Tevin NKS
Edited by Tevin NKS