When you are living and working in Dubai and not fortunate enough to watch the Springboks play in South Africa, you try everything in your power to watch them play overseas.
What better way to do this than to attend the Rugby World Cup in a foreign country and show the world, “your blood is green!”
This is exactly what six South Africans, five from Cape Town and one from George, did when they attended the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
The Springbok groupies are Shaun Fabe from Wynberg, Gilroy Fillies from Eersterivier, Gavin Adendorff from Strandfontein, Brent Abrahams from Retreat, Lloyd Idas from Durbanville and Silvino Giewelaar from George.
“This was our second World Cup that we attended after supporting the Springboks at the World Cup in England in 2015. We are all living and working in Dubai and planned this trip after the final in England. We left on Thursday 3 October and went to watch the Springbok games against Italy and Canada,” says Shaun, the organiser of the trip.
“The journey was epic, the atmosphere unreal, and to stand next to each other shoulder to shoulder singing the anthem was emotional! We even got Rassie Erasmus, Faf de Klerk and Damian Willemse to give us a wave,” he says.
After an eventful night of celebrating the win over Italy, the proud South Africans took a two hour train to Osaka where they had four days to see sights and prepare for the next game against Canada.
“In Osaka we managed to get some good sushi, local teppanyaki and did the Mario streetcar tour where we dressed up as superheroes.
“The last game against Canada was also very good, we even managed to swop jerseys with some Japanese and Canadian supporters,” says Shaun.
He adds that this trip will not be the last: “Japanese hospitality was so good and embracing, we already planning for our third RWC to France in 2023.”