The most anticipated time in this year’s sports calendar is here – the 2019 Rugby World World Cup will kick off today, the 20th of September 2019 until the 5th of  November 2019, and we are excited for the team! We went to ask a few of our local celebrities two compelling questions; Which Rugby World cup team are you supporting and why? and What message of support would you like to send the Springboks?

Here is what they had to say:

Actor and TV Presenter, Clive Maistry:

I honestly have a few favourites as it keeps it interesting for me! Also – I get to have a shout in the different matches being played!

The Green and Gold will obviously be my numero uno pick – but I also enjoy the tactical play of England, France and New Zealand mate! The opening match should be a cracker though, as the host nation, Japan takes on the likes of the Russians! Despite neither of them winning a Rugby World Cup, Japan has been in far more pools – SO thoroughly looking forward to the 20th of September!

Message:

My message to our boys would be to lose the nerves, go out there, and represent our beautiful country!! You definitely have the tactical talent, power, prowess and all the qualities of a well-groomed side!! Also – you have the backing of an ENTIRE NATION behind you boys!! #BringItHome!

Professional Sevens Rugby Player, Justin Geduld: 

Springboks for sure! I’m a proud South African and still hoping to run out for them one day!

Message:

It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. Just go out and give it your best and enjoy every moment! 

Professional DJ, DJ Sox: 

SOUTH AFRICA – how can I support anyone else?

Message:

Every team needs luck, but as the old saying goes, “the harder I work, the luckier I get.” Keep working hard and bring the trophy home – The whole country is behind you!

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Professional Sevens Rugby Player, Stedman Gans:

I’m supporting the Springboks cause I love my country and they’re going to represent us and make us proud as they always do.

Message:

Go out and know the whole country is supporting you and your efforts!

Author & Model, Sasha-Lee Taylor:

I’m definitely supporting our national team all the way, its part of being proudly South African. We must stand behind our sports teams. We need to give them all the love and support and trust them to represent SA to the best of their ability.

Message: 

Go there and give it all you’ve got, give 110% and know that regardless of the outcome your country is proud of you!

Actress, Nicole Bessick: 

South Africa, of course! The Boks are one of the most acclaimed international powerhouses and have an incredible score sheet to boot. Rugby has played such a vital role in the history and healing of our country. It remains a source of bursting pride and joy for SA. When the boys run onto the field wearing the Green and Gold with the honour that they do… there’s just no beating that!

Message: 

Vat hom flaffie!

Radio & Media Personality, Liezel van der Westhuizen: 

I am 100% supporting the Springboks because they are my home team and represent each and every one of us!

Message: 

You have the whole of SA believing in you, and I know that the boys in Green and Gold can bring the William Webb Ellis trophy back home!