The Springboks have joined New Zealand in becoming the second team to retain a Rugby World Cup title, the first to have done it in two successive tournaments away from their home territory, and they will go to the sport’s next global showpiece events having been champions for eight years.

It’s a time for joyful celebration in SA right now, and no-one who ever doubted the unifying qualities of sport can continue to deny it after the scenes that have played out over the country not only this past weekend, but also in the two big play-off weeks building up to it. I am not sure if there are cardiologists who profited from the stress the Boks put their supporters through but it wouldn’t be a surprise if there were...

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