- Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife, Leah, have sent the Springboks their love ahead of the Rugby World Cup final
- Captain Siya Kolisi, Cheslin Kolbe and coach Rassie Erasmus were all shown support in a message to the team
- Erasmus says that the Bokke are motivated to win this one for South Africa as citizens gear up for the high-stakes match against England
Archbishop Desmond Tutu has reached out to the Springboks as the pressure mounts ahead of Saturday's big moment.
Tutu and his wife Leah told the team that they should be weightless on the field when they take England on, 'carried by the love, respect, and prayers of 56-million of us at home'.
TimesLIVE reports that, at least as far as he is concerned, the rugby icons are already winners in Tutu's eyes:
“Captain of the nation, Siya Kolisi, ou Rassie, Chessie, en al die manne: Siyabulela! Ngiyabonga! Thank you! Your dignity, diversity, and courage are infectious. You have restored South African rugby’s pride and made us all feel good about ourselves. You have already won! God bless you."
Briefly.co.za reported that coach Rassie Erasmus had decided to call it quits after Saturday's match.
Defense coach Jacques Nienaber is rumored to be his successor, with Erasmus reportedly heavily involved in selecting his replacement.
The coach, who has managed to lead the Bokke all the way to the finish line, says the faith citizens have for the team is a huge motivator:
“We are trying to win for South Africa, and not just because they are supporters, but because our country needs a lot of things that we want to fix, and we want to help fix that.”
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