Springboks. Uniting a Nation.
I am proudly South African.
I (normally) do not follow rugby. But Saturday. YES.
The whole of South Africa was watching, yelling, supporting and cheering for our team. United.
They say a picture says 1000 words. This, is what I would like to share with you. I have found a number of inspiring pictures from the rugby with a simple message:
Some interesting facts
There have been a number of “firsts” that happened Saturday as the Springboks won the Web Ellis Cup for the third time.
Here are 9 facts from Saturday’s game – compliments of SA Rugby Magazine
- Saturday’s win means the Springboks equal the All Blacks with 3 wins. However, the Springboks have played in 2 less tournaments.
- The Boks proved that you CAN win the Rugby Championship and the World Cup in the same year
- No side has lost a pool game and gone to win the World Cup…until now.
- The Springboks are the only country to have a 100% win record in the final of the World Cup
- Makozole Mapimpi scored South Africa’s first try in a World Cup final and now has 14 tries in as many appearances in the green and gold.
- The Springboks are yet to concede a try in 3 World Cup final appearances.
- South Africa shares second with the All Blacks for the largest win in a final, with the Wallabies holding this record.
- England join France on three with the most final losses.
- Frans Steyn joins Os du Randt as the only South Africans to win 2 World Cups.
It’s not only about Rugby
I watched the Rugby at home with my children. We don’t normally watch sport on TV. But they could feel the excitement and vibe and SCREAMING coming from me and they got excited too. They were bouncing around when we scored a try. Then converted. Then when we won, WOW! My lesson was to share that enthusiasm. To show and tell my children how I am proudly South African and they are too. To dream BIG and to follow those dreams.
Rassie Erasmus put it well. HOPE.
But I want to take it one step further. Let’s continue to HOPE. To unite. To dream big dreams and go for those dreams. It takes dedication, commitment, consistency and perseverance. It is possible. Make some big dreams for the coming year. I have already. I am 6 weeks post – operation from having my hamstring re – attached. But watch this space. Cause I am a big dreamer…and do-er.