Jean de Villiers (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - The Springboks are inviting fans
to come say farewell to them as they leave for the 2015 Rugby World Cup with a
public send-off in Johannesburg on Friday, September 11.
The team’s South African
preparations will culminate in a special event at Montecasino with
entertainment from top SA music acts as part of a spectacular “good bye” being
televised live by SuperSport.
Coach Heyneke Meyer, captain Jean
de Villiers his 30 team-mates and Springbok management will spend an hour and a
half making their farewells before heading straight to OR Tambo International
Airport to catch an overnight flight to London.
The tournament kicks off for the
Springboks a week later with a match against Japan in Brighton.
Friday’s farewell from the Piazza
at Montecasino will feature all 31 players appearing on stage for a final team
photograph as well as popular SA performers Lloyd Cele, PJ Powers and HHP (Hip Hop Pantsula).
One lucky fan will receive a Springbok jersey signed by the
team on the evening from captain Jean de Villiers.
The event is expected to recapture the mood of the team’s
farewell four years ago when fans packed Sandton Square and lined the team’s
walk to the Gautrain station.
Gates to the public viewing area at the piazza will open at
13:30 with the entertainment scheduled to start at 14:00.
The Springbok team will arrive at 15:30 and depart at 17:00
with a crowd “walk through”.
Members of the public are urged to arrive early to secure
their place as the standing area is limited. An overflow area with a giant
screen will also be available. The occasion is free and open to all-comers.