CAPE TOWN – Shortly after arriving in Japan, Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus revealed one thing he had on his wish-list ahead of the team’s World Cup opener against New Zealand on Saturday - support from the locals.
It seems that wish will be granted, as the South Africans are feeling at home in Japan. You need only look at images out of the Bok camp to see it for yourself.
After a week of training in Kagoshima before they transferred to Tokyo for an official welcome ceremony, Erasmus spoke about the mood in Japan and the support they had received.
“Something that has stood out for me - and I don’t think I’ve seen this anywhere else - is the people of the host nation wearing the jersey of the visiting team - the Springbok badge,” Erasmus said.
“I think that’s been amazing to see the Japanese people wearing the Springbok jersey. I think that shows a lot of respect and I think we can learn a lot from that. It makes us proud to see that and I think you can be proud of how you have supported the World Cup and adopted teams that are visiting here and making them feel at home.”