WATCH | Ramaphosa to Kolisi: I'm coming to lift the RWC trophy

President Cyril Ramaphosa (GETTY)
President Cyril Ramaphosa (GETTY)

Cape Town - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has told Springbok skipper Siya Kolisi to book his ticket to Japan so he can lift the Webb Ellis Cup.

The Springboks meet Wales in their Rugby World Cup semi-final on Sunday in Yokohama.

Kick-off is at 11:00 SA time.

On Saturday, Ramaphosa took to his Twitter account to post a video of himself speaking to the national skipper in Japan.

"I must say that I'm so proud of you and the team as well. You guys have done extremely well," said Ramaphosa, as Kolisi thanked him.

"I just wanted to wish you well for the semi-final and I know you will do extremely well. You've got 57 million South Africans standing behind you.

"I'm coming to the final, I'm coming to lift the Webb Ellis trophy with you. So make sure you book my ticket to the final," he added.

South Africa have won both of their previous World Cup matches against Wales, beating them 17-16 in the 2011 group stages and then 23-19 in the quarter-finals in 2015.

The winners on Sunday face England in the final on November 2, also in Yokohama.

Teams:

South Africa

15 Willie le Roux, 14 S'bu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Franco Mostert, 21 Francois Louw, 22 Herschel Jantjies, 23 Frans Steyn

Wales

15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Ross Moriarty, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Aaron Wainwright, 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 4 Jake Ball, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Wyn Jones

Substitutes: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Rhys Carre, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 Adam Beard, 20 Aaron Shingler, 21 Tomos Williams, 22 Rhys Patchell, 23 Owen Watkin

- Compiled by Lynn Butler
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