Siya Kolisi, Greg Levendahl and Patrick Lambie (Supplied)
Cape Town - After watching two of South Africa’s Rugby
World Cup Pool B victories in England, Springbok bus driver Greg Levendahl,
said he is leaving England knowing that Heyneke Meyer and his team will do well
in the rest of the tournament.
The 62-year-old Levendahl, who has been driving
the Springboks’ bus in South Africa for the last eight seasons, supported the
Boks in their matches against Scotland in Newcastle and the USA in London.
It was his first trip abroad, made possible by
the players, through their internal team fund, the South African Rugby Union
and the Springbok team management, all of whom made contributions to pay
for Levendahl to make the trip across to England.
Levendahl, whose nickname is ‘Getuie’
(Afrikaans for witness), is a firm favourite of all the players and he said it
was wonderful to spend some time with them in England.
“The trip was a great success and I enjoyed
every moment,” said Levendahl.
“The players really inspired me and I think
they enjoyed having me here, while I also loved spending time with them here in
“My message to them is that everyone in South
Africa are united behind the team and they must bring the World Cup back home.
It’s a massive honour for me to be able to be here with them, and I want to
thank every one of them for making this possible.”
Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said the players
really enjoyed having Levendahl with them in Newcastle and London.
“To have had Uncle Greg here with us was truly
special as he has been close to all of us for years,” said Meyer.
“And to see how he got stuck in, assisting
where he can even though he was on a very well-deserved holiday, shows the
character of the man.
“He has driven the team tens of thousands of
kilometres across South Africa, always with a huge smile of his face. He has
experienced with us the highs of victory and the lows of defeat and has become
one of the team.”