Springbok captain's arrival delayed, but Mapimpi and Kolbe will land on time

05 November 2019 - 10:41 By TimesLIVE
SA flag, file image
SA flag, file image
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The arrival of some members of the Springbok team on home soil has been delayed.

“The flight carrying Rassie Erasmus, the director of rugby, Springbok captain Siya Kolisi and vice-captain Handrè Pollard, amongst others, has been delayed due to technical problems in Sydney and will now only land after 19h00 on Tuesday,” the team announced.

Other flights carrying members of the Rugby World Cup (RWC) squad are still expected to land at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg at about 4.30pm to 4.45pm on Tuesday.

The first batch of players, which includes Pieter-Steph du Toit, Duane Vermeulen, Cheslin Kolbe and Makazole Mapimpi, are due to arrive on time.

The Springboks will kick off their RWC Champions Tour in Gauteng on Thursday, with the parade including stops in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Soweto.

The squad will also parade the Webb Ellis Cup in other locations, before concluding the tour in Cape Town on Monday. Full details will be confirmed closer to the time.

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