SOUTH AFRICA INTRODUCTION
South Africa shares an amazing history with Rugby World Cup, an extraordinary story that transcends sport. Who could forget the historic 1995 edition and the final in Johannesburg where, with president Nelson Mandela looking on, rugby helped reconcile a country long divided by apartheid?
This legendary proof of how sport unites us all was once again on display to the world during Rugby World Cup 2019, where nearly a quarter of a century on Siya Kolisi, once just another kid from a township in Port Elizabeth, led his teammates to victory against England in the final (32-12) as the first black captain of the Springboks.
In 2023, South Africa will have the opportunity to write another new page in its inspiring history and become the first team to win the Webb Ellis Cup for the fourth time, 16 years after last triumphing at the Stade de France in Paris over England (15-6).
Who will be the heirs of Bryan Habana, Victor Matfield, Schalk Burger and Fourie du Preez, winners in 2007? Will the likes of Cheslin Kolbe, Eben Etzebeth, Pieter-Steph du Toit and Faf de Klerk, who already shone in 2019, lead South Africa to their fourth world title?