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Bok Trophy Tour Day 4 | PE beams with pride as hometown heroes Siya Kolisi, Mzwandile Stick and Rassie Erasmus show off Webb Ellis Cup

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi holds the Webb Ellis trophy to the crowd in his hometown in Zwide (Photo: Chante Schatz)
Springbok captain Siya Kolisi holds the Webb Ellis trophy to the crowd in his hometown in Zwide (Photo: Chante Schatz)
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10 Nov 2019

The residents of Nelson Mandela Bay came out, despite rainy weather, to give the Boks a heroes’ welcome on Sunday.

Addressing a media briefing before heading out to greet supporters, Springbok captain Siya Kolisi spoke to the importance of unity and the power of South Africans working toward a shared goal despite their differences.

"We're all from different areas, all we want to do is let everybody know that comes from similar backgrounds as us that it's possible, " said Kolisi.

"We worked as hard as we could, we put all our differences together and I think that's what made us special as a team, we accepted our differences."

Kolisi continued: "We were honest with one another and we put the Springbok team first before all of us and then we put the country first before all of us and that's all we wanted to do.

"It's an added bonus to know that this is inspiring people in South Africa and we're hoping people get to agree that wherever you're working – what business or whatever – if South Africa is number one, there is no way you can go wrong."

And South Africa certainly reciprocated the love that Siya showed his country on Sunday as the Bok bus rolled through the hometowns of Bok coach Rassie Erasmus, assistant coach Mzwandile Stick and the captain himself.

Stick, who was labelled incompetent and a "quota" coach under Allister Coetzee returned home a World Cup winner, holding the Webb Ellis Cup aloft over his hometown of New Brighton.

From humble beginnings to the heights of sporting achievement, Kolisi returned home to Zwide as a world champion and a record-breaker. The bus passed a street, where the fabled tavern was where Kolisi watched the 2007 Rugby World Cup final.

Today, 12 years later, he returned with that cup he once saw on a television screen all those years ago.

From the worn pitches of Zwide in Port Elizabeth to the pristine lawns of Grey High School, Kolisi has left an indelible mark on his hometown and it showed on Sunday when supporters cheered on the team.

Later on, Rassie joined the party on the roof of the bus, for what felt like the first time all tour, as they approached his hometown of Despatch. There, the Boks were once again treated to a heroes’ welcome.

The trophy tour will soon depart Port Elizabeth for its fifth and final leg in Cape Town on Monday.

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Addressing a media briefing before heading out to greet the people of Port Elizabeth on Sunday, Springbok captain Siya Kolisi spoke to the importance of unity and the power of South Africans working toward a shared goal despite their differences.

''We're all from different areas, all we want to do is let everybody know that comes from similar backgrounds as us that it's possible,'' said Kolisi.

''We worked as hard as we could, we put all our differences together and I think that's what made us special as a team, we accepted our differences.

''Coach Rassie came in and he came with a plan and he was straightforward he said 'this is the goal, they want us to win the world cup'. We bought into it and we worked as hard as we could.''

Kolisi continued that ''we were honest with one another and we put the Springbok team first before all of us and then we put the country first before all of us and that's all we wanted to do.

''It's an added bonus to know that this is inspiring people in South Africa and we're hoping people get to agree that wherever you're working - what business or whatever - if South Africa is number one, there is no way you can go wrong.''

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