The Springboks have arrived in the Eastern Cape, dubbed the ‘home of champions’.
Springbok captain, Siya Kolisi and winger Makazole Mapimpi are among those from the province.
The World Champion Boks have already taken the Webb Ellis Trophy to ecstatic crowds in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Durban.
They will head from East London to Port Elizabeth on Sunday and from there to Cape Town on Monday where they’ll also be hosted by Parliament. Kolisi says they are excited to be in the Eastern Cape.
“We are very excited we are happy as a team to be here.”
The South African Rugby Union says it might send the Webb Ellis Trophy and a couple of players to visit provinces not included in the Springboks World Cup victory tour.
Northern Cape Premier Zamani Saul has expressed dissatisfaction with the exclusion of his province from the Boks tour.
“It can’t be that when there are such critical events happening in this country we get excluded, that is the struggle which this generation of ours we should wage. When we wage that struggle we should wage it forcefully without fear or favour to make everyone in South Africa to appreciate the fact that Northern Cape is one of the provinces of South Africa. And in the Northern Cape we’ve got people here who also aspire to be part and parcel of the new dawn which is articulated by the President”