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WATCH: Siya! Siya! Siya! chant Durban crowds as boks get heroes welcome

The Springboks were not disappointed as fans from all walks of life and races flocked to the government offices to meet them as they waved flags, danced and sang victory songs for their heroes who beat favourites, England 32-12 in Yokohama, Japan, on Saturday, 2 November 2019, to bring the prestigious cup to Africa.

Louw, affectionately known as "Flo", made 76 Test appearances in a decade at the top, adding 2019 gold to the bronze he won in 2015.

The team will also recognise the country's newest nation builder, captain Kolisi, by taking the World Cup to the people of the Zwide township in the Eastern Cape province where he grew up.

Louw, who came off the bench to replace captain Siya Kolisi in the final, said: "I couldn't have asked for a more fulfilling career with the Springboks and I bow out with a full heart".

Peter de Villiers gave Louw his first Springbok callup and he debuted against Wales in 2010.

Louw notched 10 Test tries across his career, the last of them against Namibia in this year's Rugby World Cup. "It's been a long tour and the boys are exhausted but once you step on the bus and feel the energy from the people you just ready to go for another day".

"It's been a lot of hard work especially for our coaching staff. Coach Rassie [Erasmus], thank you so much for pushing our boundaries and making us believe that we can achieve whatever we desire, as long as we work hard", said Kolisi to cheering from the jubilant crowds. He didn't take a step backwards ever. He attended Bishops school and graduated through the ranks of Western Province to make his senior professional debut in 2006.

According to a statement made by Free State Rugby president Jerry Segwaba, SA Rugby made the decision on the fact the Springboks had to return to their teams, both local and overseas, by Monday, meaning that there just was not enough time to include the central province in the schedule.

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