07 November 2019, The Tablet

Springboks banish demons of division


Last weekend a divided society desperate for deliverance from its demons saw a glimpse of its possible future on the rugby field. The South African national team, the Springboks, outplayed an England side that had seemed assured of victory up to that point, and emerged breathless, bruised and proud as the 2019 Rugby World Champions. England seemed to have rediscovered the art of winning after a period in the rugger doldrums, but lost it again when confronted with the superior sporting talent of an even better team.

And the Springboks’ captain who lifted the cup before a cheering crowd in the Yokohama stadium, and who deserved all the credit that was heaped on him at home and abroad, was black. It was not just that he was good at rugby. He was a brilliant leader. And for South Africans of all colours to accept and admire him in that role was in itself a revolution.

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User Comments (1)

Comment by: Oval126
Posted: 07/11/2019 18:58:08
Let’s have hope that a real lasting legacy will come on with the back of this result so all groups of folk can live in a way that demonstrates true Christian love for each other