Boks wrap up EC trophy tour, next stop the Mother City

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Coach Rassie Erasmus included six forwards among his eight replacements in key World Cup matches, which allowed him to bring on virtually a new, fresh pack during the second half.

"I am grateful for the opportunities afforded to me by many top coaches at the Springboks and the Sharks, and grateful to my numerous team mates over the years". That all falls into place once we work hard together.

On a sunny morning, Kolisi stood Thursday at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, the seat of South Africa's government, and said the support of ordinary South Africans was "the most important thing".

South Africa's back row Francois Louw (R) congratulates New Zealand's number 8 Kieran Read after the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between New Zealand and South Africa at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama on September 21, 2019.

"We are so proud of you guys, and we are very grateful that you went out there and brought the trophy home".

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In Stanza Bopape Street, Zimbabwean national Abel Muchemwa said that the Springboks have become an African symbol of unity.

Sunday's parade saw them travel from the PE city hall to Siya Kolisi's hometown of Zwide where he was met by thousands of locals who cheered for their hero. "The Springboks have once again united us as a nation, and a continent", said Muchemwa.

The Springboks have on Sunday concluded their Eastern Cape Rugby World Cup trophy tour and are jetting to Cape Town to conclude their victory tour.

The trophy tour kicked off in Gauteng on Thursday with the Bok-branded bus travelling through parts of Pretoria, Johannesburg and Soweto.

If Mapimpi was not previously aware of the attention he has been getting from women online, the Springboks' third tour in East London on Saturday may have done the job.

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