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A win for all!

by Toyah Lord
24 Oct 2007
Peoples Post
Peoples Post

Growing up we are told that if you want your dreams to come true, you have to work hard.


Well, if this weekend's Rugby World Cup final was anything to go by, our boys in green surely put this theory to the test. And what a test it was!

It was an intense four years of training and 12 years in coming, but the efforts of each and every rugby player was greatly awarded on Saturday night when the Bokke were crowned the 2007 Rugby World Cup champions.

Not being much of a rugby fan myself, even I was glued to the TV screen as the last minutes of the match ticked by, and suddenly the South African crowd erupted in one united front. What a moment. What a truly South African moment.

It doesn't matter where you were, who you were with, or what you were doing; it was hard not to escape the rugby frenzy this weekend. But that was the pure beauty of it.

Standing on the balcony outside my brother's house, driving through the streets of Cape Town, sitting in the local pub down the road, rugby was all around. The spirit of rugby, and South Africa, was all around.

If your Saturday night was anything like mine, the only way to celebrate was sitting round a braai with friends and family and an ice cold beer as we rejoiced in a moment in time. Because this was not just a win for our rugby team, this was a win for the whole country.

It didn't matter what religion you are, what colour your skin may be, or what shape or size you come in... our country stood proud as one nation, the rainbow nation.

For just one day, all differences were put aside, all prejudices were forgotten, all grudges were let go of as our team came together and represented the true talent that our beautiful country has to offer.

I know that this country still has a long way to go, but if we can stand together in rugby, may this be a lesson to stand together in life. Because united we stand, divided we fall.

I might not be a South African citizen on paper, but I am proudly South African. May you be too!

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