“For my children. For mommy. For second chances. For those who were here before us.
“For South Africa.”
A series of videos that the Springbok rugby team shared in the last few days in the run-up to the World Cup rugby tournament, made fans go goosebumps and sometimes even shed a tear.
The series of five videos titled “For South Africa” have been shared on social media and show several of the Springbok players taking turns dedicating the World Cup to someone or something close to their hearts.
“For grandfather,” says Steven Kitshoff.
“For Os, for Beast, for Bakkies,” says Franco Mostert.
“For Bredasdorp and the entire Karoo,” says Frans Malherbe.
Some Goats dedicate the World Cup to their hometowns, or the schools where they matriculated. Others refer to Nelson Mandela or “Shosholoza”.
“This literally made me cry. So powerful and honest. We know these places and know where you came from and how much you had to give up. We love you Goats and will always stand by you,” wrote someone at the bottom of a video shared on Instagram. On Wednesday afternoon, five hours after the first posting, the video had already received more than 12,000 “likes”.
“I get goosebumps every time” and “Bring him home toe boys” are some of the other comments that appear under the video. Some of the comments were even from supporters from New Zealand, Australia and Japan.
The Springboks play their first match of the tournament against Ireland on Sunday.
Watch all five videos here.