Cape Town - Several members of the 2019 Rugby World Cup champion Springbok squad took time out of the celebrations to get tattoos to commemorate South Africa's third Webb Ellis Cup triumph. 

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The Springboks beat England 32-12 in Yokohama seven days ago to match the All Blacks' record of titles.

The Springboks are currently on a country-wide (bar the Free State, Northern Cape and a few other provinces) Champions Tour, but following their duties on Thursday in Gauteng, a number of the returning heroes found time to visit a tattoo parlour in Johannesburg for new ink.

Each player opted for something personal to remember their World Cup win.

Stephen Kitshoff, Franco Mostert and RG Snyman each got a "bomb squad" tattoo in reference to the special name for those players coming off South Africa's bench as all three did at various stages of the tournament in Japan.

Bongi Mbonambi opted for a simple replica of the Webb Ellis Cup, while flyhalf Elton Jantjies, no hater of a tattoo, opted for the date of the final: 02/11/2019.

Little was known of the 'bomb squad' term prior to the tournament and its meaning only came to light in rather unfortunate circumstances.

After wing Makazole Mapimpi appeared to be excluded from post-match celebrations following the 49-3 drubbing of Italy, he took to Instagram to explain the situation.

The tattoo parlour, Fallen Heroes, welcomed the chance to ink the Springboks whose 2019 win emulated the achievements of their predecessors in 1995 and 2007.

"The entire country was beautifully united during this world cup, which culminated in the most glorious win on the 2nd of November. We were so honoured to be invited to tattoo our boys this week on their first day back," the Fallen Heroes Facebook post read.

Having visited Johannesburg, Pretoria and Soweto on Thursday, the Springboks' tour bus hit Durban on Friday.

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The tour continued in East London on Saturday before heading for Port Elizabeth on Sunday.

It will conclude in Cape Town on Monday in front of what is expected to be record numbers of adoring fans.

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- Compiled by Garrin Lambley