The Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC) MEC Fezeka Bayeni is delighted that the province will welcome the National Rugby Team, Springboks as they will be showcasing the Web Ellis Trophy in two cities, East London and Port Elizabeth.
The Springboks brought back the Trophy from Japan, where they became rugby world champions for the third time.
"I am pleased that the National Department of Sports, Arts and Culture together with the South African Rugby Union have developed a programme to showcase the Trophy in provinces. We are also delighted that the province has been allocated two days as oppose to one given to other provinces. This indicates the immense contribution the Eastern Cape has made towards the Springboks as the team had more than three players from the province, including the Captain, Siya Kolisi and coach Rassie Erasmus," said MEC Bayeni
MEC further added that, "The province has contributed towards the transformation of rugby in the country and we are proud of that. There are many talented athletes that have faced obstacles in showcasing their talent, in order to be part of the National Rugby Team. We want also to include rural schools to be part of producing best players that will one day be selected and play for our National Rugby Team."
"We will be welcoming the trophy on the 9th of November 2019 in East London City Hall at 09h00, where a tour is planned to depart from the City Hall and includes the Mdantsane, Duncan Village Amalinda and Eastern Beach. The following day, 10 November 2019 in Port Elizabeth, touring Zwide, New Brighton, Uitenhage and other nearby areas. We would have loved the Trophy to visit other regions in the province, but unfortunately we can't due to a hectic schedule that allowed only certain areas."
Fans and followers of the Springboks are encouraged to wear their Springbok T-shirts and wave the South African Flags as a symbol of unity, appreciation for such a great achievement by our National Team.
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