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Springbok's to Parade Rugby World Cup Trophy in Cape Town


SA Rugby has confirmed details of the Springboks winning parade to honour the team’s World Cup winning performance at the IRB Rugby World Cup in France.

SARU President, Oregan Hoskins, has appealed to the public to join in the celebrations by wearing Green and Gold.

President Thabo Mbeki has invited the team for a courtesy visit to the Union Building in Pretoria, where he will formally congratulate the players and management.

The Springboks became only the second team after the Wallabies to win the Webb Ellis Cup for a second time.

On Saturday morning former president and Nobel Peace winner Nelson Mandela will host the team during a brief visit to his residence in Houghton in Johannesburg.

The victory celebrations include various ticket-tape parades in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town as well as team appearances in Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth.

The four-day victory tour commences tomorrow shortly after the team leaves the Union Buildings.

A ticket-tape parade will follow through the city centre of Pretoria where after the convoy of busses will travel down the N1 South, past Vodaworld in Midrand and the Sasol office complex in Rosebank.

The route also includes the Johannesburg city business district and a drive past the Absa headquarters. Last stop for the day is Montecasino in Fourways (entrance from William Nicol Drive), from where Supersport will do a live broadcast between 5.00pm — 6.00pm.

On Saturday, former president Nelson Mandela will host the team at his residence in Houghton during the mid-morning, before the World Cup winners fly out to Bloemfontein onboard a BA-chartered flight.

Activities in Bloemfontein are as follow: a public reception at Grey College and an appearance at the Currie Cup final match at Vodacom Park.

A visit each to the two coastal cities of Durban and Port Elizabeth is on the menu of a busy Sunday schedule.

The public of Durban will be able to see the team during a ticket-tape parade through the city streets, while Port Elizabeth fans will be able to see their heroes at the Greenacres shopping complex.

On Monday, in Cape Town, the victory parade commences at the City Hall opposite the Parade. The victory tour culminates in a symbolic handover of the World Cup trophy by John Smit to Oregan Hoskins, the president of SARU.

Capetonians will be able to attend this ceremony as entrance to the Newlands Stadium will be free of charge. Estimated time of this handover is 1.30pm.

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