Law Society congratulates Springboks on Rugby World Cup victory

December 4th, 2019
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By Nomfundo Jele

The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) issued a press release congratulating the Springboks in their 2019 Rugby World Cup win.

The Springboks became Rugby World Cup champions after defeating England 32-12 in Yokohama, Japan, on 2 November.

‘The Boks, led by captain, Siya Kolisi and coach, Rassie Erasmus, not only won the World Cup, but also united our country. What a beautiful sight to see our rainbow nation stand together! The euphoria created by the sterling performance of the Boks have brought people of different races, cultures and walks of life together and united them for a common purpose,’ said LSSA President, Mvuzo Notyesi.

He added: ‘The whole team played exceptionally well. We would also like to congratulate Makazole Mapimpi for making history by becoming the first Springbok player to score a try in a Rugby World Cup final. We would also like to specifically mention Mr Erasmus, who prepared the team under difficult conditions and circumstances. He demonstrated commitment to transform the rugby environment while focussing on talent. He focused on constitutional values, which demand equal opportunities and realising the potential of all South Africans. His ‘Coach of the Year’ award is very well deserved. We also extend our congratulations to the technical support team – operating in the background – that worked with the Springboks.’

Mr Kolisi became the third Springbok captain to lift the Webb Ellis Cup. The other two captains that led the Springboks to victory are Francois Pienaar and John Smit. The third World Cup title drew the Springboks level with the New Zealand All Blacks for the most Rugby World Cup victories. Mr Kolisi is the first black captain in the world, to lead a team to a world cup victory.

‘We wish to express our gratitude to all Springbok fans across the globe for their loyal and passionate support to the team throughout the various stages of the Rugby World Cup. This is the motivation and inspiration they needed to be crowned world champions. The victory challenges all South Africans to work together for our country,’ concluded Mr Notyesi.

Nomfundo Jele, Acting Communications Manager, Law Society of South Africa, nomfundom@lssa.org.za