Monday, October 29, 2007

Springboks thrill the mother city

By Henry Booysen
29 October 2007

Today world rugby champions, the Springboks, thrilled the people of Cape Town when they took to the stage outside the City Hall in their springbok tracksuits waving the William Webb Ellis trophy they won in France.

The event, which was under strict security control, was hosted by the flamboyant Soli Philander, while the Cape minstrels and entertainers The Rockets and Alistair Isobel kept the crowd alive with music.

After the Springboks walked onto the stage, speeches were delivered by Cape Town Mayor Helen Zille and SA Rugby officials.

“I can tell you when we were at the World Cup and we saw on television how passionate people were in South Africa and the impact we made in people’s lives, we just want to say to you thank you very, very much,” says Springbok coach Jake White.

The proceedings will end at the South African Rugby Union Headquarters at Newlands where the cup will be handed over for safe keeping. Tomorrow, the coach will take the trophy to Parliament.


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