Ecstatic South Africans celebrate Rugby World Cup glory

Ecstatic South Africans celebrate Rugby World Cup glory

Damian Willemse of South Africa celebrates the victory with the supporters following the Rugby World Cup France 2023 Final between New Zealand (All Blacks) and South Africa (Springboks) at Stade de France on October 28, 2023 in Saint-Denis near Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Ecstatic South Africans celebrated well into Sunday after the Springboks claimed a record fourth title by defeating New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup final in Paris. 

Supporters of the national rugby team drank beers, waved flags and partied until the early hours in a wave of jubilation that swept the country from Cape Town to Johannesburg. 

“I feel so good, I was literally in tears,” said Sofia Pringen, 21, her face painted in the national colours as she celebrated in central Cape Town after the victory.

“I knew that we [were] definitely going to win. I’m so happy! I am very happy!”

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