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This is How Scores of South Africans Celebrated the Springboks' Arrival

South Africans showed up at the airport to welcome the players following their Rugby World Cup win.

South Africans are still on a high after the Springboks thrashed England 32-12 to win this year's Rugby World Cup. Yesterday, hundreds of South Africans showed up at Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo International Airport to welcome the players as they touched down on home soil from Japan. Clad in the official Springbok jersey and proudly waving the South African flag amid celebratory songs, it was a moment as joyous as when the Springboks lifted up the trophy in victory.


While the recent win has given some South Africans hope for a more united country and "rainbow nation", others remain skeptical about what genuine unity looks like in a country plagued by gross inequality.

READ: The Springboks Winning the Rugby World Cup is not a Cure for South Africa's Social Problems

Nonetheless, the presence of the many South Africans who welcomed the Springboks as they arrived at the airport was overwhelming. There were numerous police officers who were deployed to maintain order and ensure the safety of everyone while the players took pictures with fans and signed T-shirts and rugby balls. The late Brenda Fassie's hit song "Vul'indlela" blared in the background and even the Ndlovu Youth Choir was there to perform the national anthem.

A few South Africans had this to say on social media:



Watch the moment the Springboks arrived at the airport courtesy of News24:

WATCH | Fans line halls of OR Tambo airport to welcome Springboks home www.youtube.com

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