South Africa won its fourth world title on Saturday thanks to its victory over New Zealand (12-11). After the Rugby World Cup final, coach Jack Nienaber and captain Siya Kolisi reaffirmed their country’s support.
South Africa, already crowned champions in 2019, added a new world title four years later. After beating New Zealand (12-11) on Saturday, the Bucs won again on points difference after already achieving this performance against France and England in the previous rounds.
“This year’s course was more difficult than in 2019,” says Captain Siya Kolisi.
After losing to Ireland in the group stage, South Africa subsequently qualified. “I would say this year’s tournament was more difficult (compared to 2019, editor’s note),” said Captain Sia Kolisi. “We knew that from the draw. Jack Nienaber and Rassie Erasmus always told us: great things are never achieved in ideal conditions. We played against the host country, we played against a difficult England… the motivation came from home and from our families.”
The Boks have huge support at home and now have four world titles, one more than New Zealand. The duo of Nienaber and Erasmus were already in charge in Japan in 2019. “The coaches have created an environment that allows us to be with our families, wherever we are, as if we were at home. There are fifteen to twenty kids running around the field.” “The hotel…it’s one of the nicest things they could have done for us,” Kolisi said.
Nienaber highlights the support of the people of South Africa
For Jack Nienaber, it was South Africa’s “62 million fans” that gave the Springboks the strength to win another World Cup. “It’s a relief for the players, they deserve it. They were good enough for it. But above all, it’s for our fans, for South Africa. I hope I can show you all the messages and videos what’s happening over there,” the coach said. .
“I think there are 62 million people united, forming an open society that shows the Earth, people who all have different lifestyles but can love each other,” Nienaber continued. “People bought green jerseys for everyone. We felt every little bit of energy they gave us and I think in all three games, in each of the three one-point wins, we needed that.”
Appointed as team captain at the beginning of the Erasmus era, Kolisi was in line with his coach Nienaber. “People from South Africa, some of our friends, spent their savings to come and watch us. If I don’t give 100% on the pitch, I will fool all these people and that’s what the coaches told us. They always reminded us,” the future Racing 92 player reacted. “To motivate ourselves, we don’t need to look far.”
“What brings us together is our country. Playing for the Springboks and South Africa. That was our driving force,” commented the third grader. I can’t explain it to you, you have to come to South Africa to understand it. You must come and see this beautiful country, where there are problems, but once we come together, and we have done so many times before, for a common goal, I promise you that nothing can bring us together. to stop”.
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