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The Portfolio Committee on Sports, Arts and Culture has congratulated the Springboks for their remarkable performance which saw them beat England in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final in Japan.

The Chairperson of the committee, Ms Beauty Dlulane, said the Boks have demonstrated resilience, which has come to characterise the Springboks over the years.

“That a black captain in Siya Kolisi hoisted the Webb Ellis Cup was an inspiration that will have a long-lasting influence to the South African kids. We need to go back and start preparations for the France 2023 Rugby World Cup,” Ms Dlulane said.

“The task of a new coach should be to make the team representative of the South African nation while positively impacting on the minds of many South Africans,” said Ms Dlalane.

“Building should sustain the vibe that this achievement has generated, and should increase the momentum on social cohesion, especially through sports like rugby,” she said.

The committee is satisfied that the Springboks fought gallantly and wanted to win. This team should be proud, they are winners and embody the spirit of our nation.

South Africa beat England 32-12 in the Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama.

By Sibongile Maputi
4 October 2019