Cape Town - Pat Lambie braaiing in a township,
Willie le Roux in the back of a police van and Beast Mtawarira at Khayelitsha
Rugby Club are just some of the moments from a #LoveRugby video that is taking
social media by storm after it was released by SA Rugby over the weekend.
The video - available on the Springboks’ Facebook page and on YouTube - has clocked up more than 100 000 views across
all platforms since it was released on Friday afternoon on Facebook, YouTube
The video was filmed on the morning of the Bok
squad’s first assembly, with new coach Allister Coetzee setting them an unusual
task at Cape Town International Airport. Unbeknown to the players, the team bus
had been left in the garage and instead the players had to hitch-hike to their
training base in Stellenbosch after completing some specific tasks in various
Lambie, Bongi Mbonambi, Jesse Kriel and Lionel
Mapoe were sent to Mzoli’s in Gugulethu, a popular eating place and tourist
attraction in Cape Town, where they had to prepare and serve meals to the
Towering lock Eben Etzebeth, Warren Whiteley
and Lwazi Mvovo were asked to report for porter duty at the Southern Sun The
Cullinan Hotel. To the delighted surprise of many, the Springboks also served
guests who were attending a 50th birthday party at the hotel.
Siya Kolisi, Jaco Kriel and Jan Serfontein were
instructed to report to the Virgin Active gymnasium in Tygervalley where they
signed in club members at the front desk. Later, they also helped a few members
with their workout routines.
Le Roux, Nic Groom and Scarra Ntubeni conducted
a rugby coaching clinic at City Park in Athlone, one of the oldest community
rugby fields in Cape Town before hitching a ride in a police car.
The video has caused a buzz since it was posted
on the SA Rugby Facebook and Twitter platforms, attracting hundreds of positive
The video even caught the attention of Josh Devine, drummer for
famous band One Direction, who shared it on Twitter and said: “LOVE this video.
Great job. Looked like a lot of fun to film!! #LoveRugby”.
Springbok coach Allister Coetzee said he was
absolutely delighted by the public’s response to the video, which was part of
the kick off to the #LoveRugby movement.
“I wanted to use the squad assembly to create
something different for our get together, and I must say I am amazed at the
overwhelming response from the players and the public,” explained the Bok
“The players thoroughly enjoyed it and the
warm, welcoming response from the public really made it a memorable occasion.
It was a small gesture from our side, to take the players out of their normal
routine and to let them connect to the South African public in an unusual way.”
“I want to ensure the core values of our team
are aligned with that of typical South Africans.”