Want to see the Rugby World Cup champions when they return from Japan? We've got the juice!

03 November 2019 - 16:49 By Khanyiso Tshwaku
Springboks captain Siya Kolisi lifts the Webb Ellis Cup as they celebrate winning the world cup final.
Springboks captain Siya Kolisi lifts the Webb Ellis Cup as they celebrate winning the world cup final.
Image: REUTERS/Kiyoshi Ota/File Photo

Want to see the World Champions arrive from Japan after their successful Webb Ellis Cup conquest in the Far East?

You’ll have to wait until Tuesday.

The Springboks had to delay their return because of Sunday's World Rugby Awards where they cleaned up after their heroics against England in Yokohama on Saturday.

Loose-forward Pieter-Steph du Toit won the World Rugby player of the Year with Springbok coach Johan “Rassie” Erasmus winning the coach of the year.

Hear from the players: 

For their superlative Rugby World Cup effort of being the first team to win the tournament having lost a pool stage game‚ the Springboks also walked away with the team of the year award.

Having lost only one out of 10 games this year while also winning the Rugby Championship‚ they are indeed worthy winners.

Back to the hearty arrival that awaits them‚ Erasmus‚ captain Siya Kolisi and ace pivot Handre Pollard will be the first to arrive‚ with the other players arriving in groups on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Boks will also embark on a trophy tour starting on Thursday where they’ll be headed to Pretoria‚ Soweto and Johannesburg.

On Friday they’ll head down to Durban while the weekend will be spent in East London (Saturday) and Port Elizabeth (Sunday).

The Eastern Cape trip is significant as Kolisi is from Port Elizabeth while the crack backline players Makazole Mapimpi and Lukhanyo Am will be celebrated in East London.

The trophy tour will wrap up in Cape Town on Monday.

The planned RWC Champions Tour stops are as follow:

  • Thursday, 7 November: Pretoria, Johannesburg and Soweto
  • Friday, 8 November: Durban
  • Saturday, 9 November: East London
  • Sunday, 10 November: Port Elizabeth
  • Monday, 11 November: Cape Town

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