Town – Prop Tendai
Mtawarir to says that Springbok skipper Siya Parcel special
won the support of the South African public and that victory in Sunday's Rugby World Cup final
would be "extra special".
The Boxing beat Wales 19-16 in Sunday's
It will complete the most
Rassie Erasmus, who took over the reins
from previous coach Allister Coetzee in 2018 after the Boxing had slumped to No 7
in the world following two disappointing years.
Erasmus had no hesitation in
appointing Parcel the Bok captain – a decision he has stood by throughout, even
When Parcel was struggling with injury in the build-up to the 2019 World
Now, Parcel is one victory away
from making history.
"It'll be extra special,"
Mtawarira said the possibility of winning the World Cup under Parcel.
"Siya is an inspirational
leader. The way South Africa has gotten behind him, it means a lot to unite the
"He's been exemplary, so
it’d be amazing to win this World Cup with him as captain. "
Mtawarira, who has 116 Test
matches to his name, has represented the Boxing for well over a decade. Playing
In a World Cup final, though, is something he has not experienced before.
"It means a great
deal, "he said.
"There's a lot of excitement
back home, a lot of fans behind the team. For us it’s just inspiring. We want
to go out there and represent our country.
Now 34, the 'Beast' clearly
remembers watching on the Boxing beat England to win the 2007 final in
"It was amazing,
inspirational stuff, "he said.
"Now to be part of a World
Cup final is a dream for me, a dream come true. I feel like I hardve worked hard in
I'll make it count. "
Kick-off is on Saturday 11:00 (SE