- President Ramaphosa took time out of his busy schedule to call the Springbok captain, Siya Kolisi in Japan
- The friendly video call was to tell the captain and the team how proud the nation is of them
- Ramaphosa told Kolisi that he would be there to help him lift the Webb Ellis Trophy
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In a moving video call with Springbok captain, Siya Kolisi, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa wished the team well.
He went on to tell the team that he is very proud of them and that they have done extremely well. Ramaphosa went on to remind Kolisi that he has 57 million South Africans standing behind him.
Briefly.co.za learned that the humble and polite Kolisi thanked the president throughout the call and referred to him as sir, revealing that he is every bit a gentleman as he is an athlete.
“Thank you, Sir. I really appreciate the call and the support it means a lot to us in the team.”
The Springboks face Wales tomorrow and if they win they will have to defeat England who surprised the world today by defeating New Zealand in the semi-finals.
The last time England played South Africa in the Rugby World Cup was in Paris, during the final of the Rugby World Cup in 2007 according to ewn.co.za.
The Rugby World Cup has been fraught with upsets, mostly from the host nation who surprised many rugby fans by playing brilliant rugby.
England played phenomenally well against New Zealand and many say that if they can repeat their efforts they could win the World Cup, but the odds are in the favour of the two-time world cup winners, South Africa.
The exchange between Ramaphosa and Kolisi sparked memories of the 1995 Rugby world cup and the relationship between Francois Pienaar and Nelson Mandela.
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