BOK SQUAD GRACES MABHIDA AHEAD OF RWC
By: Menelisi Ndwandwe
Speaker of eThekwini Municipality, Cllr Logie Naidoo, urged the nation to rally behind the Springboks in the coming 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.
Springboks were hosting their training session at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Friday afternoon. Heyneke Meyers’ side departs in a week’s time and Naidoo believes the team has
what it takes to replicate the squad of 2007 that lifted the world cup in France.
“John Smit lifted the world cup trophy in 2007 when Boks excelled in France.
We are proud of the boys. It’s good that the World cup is in England, this brings the memory of Anglo-Zulu war come 18th September,” said Naidoo.
According to Moses Mabhida security department, the Boks trained in front of approximately 150 fans. ‘Durban wishes the Boks well for 2015 Rugby World Cup!!! Go Bokke!!!’ this was the
message displayed on the big screen inside the field.
Victor Matfield, the stand-in Captain, is confident that they will do well in the upcoming world cup.
“We will go there to compete and you can see that we have a really good squad although we facing many injuries,” said Matfield.
The noticeable absentee on the day was Patrick Lambie, who is rested after kicking 16 points in Springboks victory against Argentina in Buenos Aries last Saturday. After the training session,
Matfield handed over the jersey signed by all the players to Naidoo.
Lihle Mbele, Boks fan, was happy to see her heroes and passed her gratitude to the Municipality for presenting them as fans with their rugby stars.
“I have mixed feelings. I am a huge fan of Schalk Burger so it is a good thing that the Municipality brings our heroes close to us,” said Mbele.
Springboks will be camping in Durban until the announcement of the world cup squad on the 28th