The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) would like to congratulate 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 Saturday 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,’ says LSSA President, Mvuzo Notyesi.
He adds: ‘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 Rassie Erasmus, who prepared the team under difficult conditions and circumstances. He demonstrated commitment to transform the rugby environment whilst 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.’
Siya 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 Smith. This third World Cup title draws the Springboks level with the All Blacks for the most Rugby World Cup victories. Siya 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,’ concludes Mr Notyesi.
ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE LAW SOCIETY OF SOUTH AFRICA, MVUZO NOTYESI
Nomfundo Jele nomfundom@LSSA.org.za Tel: (012) 366 8800 or 072 402 6344
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