Springboks captain can sway an election

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- sundayobserver.lk | 4 days ago

South Africa rugby captain Siya Kolisi carries the Web Ellis World Cup through the crowd upon the team’s arrival in Johannesburg (AFP)PRETORIA AFP: The World Cup-winning Springboks began their homecoming tour on Thursday as thousands of people cheered them in Pretoria and President Cyril Ramaphosa joked he was less popular than captain Siya Kolisi.

The Springboks’ 32-12 victory against England in Japan has been greeted with joy in South Africa, where rugby was once the preserve of the white minority population. Later Thursday, the team was to visit Soweto, the township near Johannesburg where they were once hated as a symbol of apartheid aggression and oppression.

The team, whose victory has helped lift the spirits in a country beset with economic problems and racial inequality, began their tour in Pretoria with a parade on a black bus emblazoned with “Champions” as Kolisi held the Webb Ellis trophy aloft.

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