Fikile Mbalula (Gallo)
Cape Town – Minister of Sport and Recreation,
Fikile Mbalula has paid homage and tribute to the Springbok team that defeated
Argentina to claim the third place in the Rugby World Cup.
The Springboks claimed third spot at the
2015 RWC after beating Argentina 24-13 in the Bronze Final at London’s Olympic
Park stadium on Friday night.
“I take this rare opportunity to
salute Victor Matfield, Schalk Burger, Brian Habana, Fourie du Preez, Jean de Villers for their
selfless services and infinite commitment to the man in black green and gold
and the people of South Africa,” said Mbalula in a statement released on
“These senior players , who by right
and exhibition, reached their twilight days in international rugby remain
loadstars to the current generation and a source of inspiration to posterity.
Go well you South African compatriots! Farewell you faithful soldiers.
“We must be vigilant, defend the
core-values, consolidate what we have achieved thus far, advance and deepen the
struggle for democracy, transformation and development in sport. The Springboks
and the transformation of any other code must be located in that vortex of a
nation constructing its identity and taking its rightful place in the global
“We take our hats off to the team for
demonstrating once again that victory and glory belong to those who are prepared
to make supreme sacrifices.
“The Springboks are the harbingers of the
future and the posterity will benefit immensely by taking a leaf from their
trial and tribulations,” added Mbalula.