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Thousands welcome home Rugby World Cup-winning Springboks

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Members of South Africa’s Rugby World Cup-winning team have arrived home, where thousands greeted them with a huge cheer at Johannesburg’s international airport.

Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe, who scored the Springboks’ tries in Saturday’s final against England, were among the first group of players to land at OR Tambo Airport.

As he emerged into view in the arrivals hall, Mapimpi held his hands up and clasped them together as the crowd roared. Kolbe was recording the scenes on his cellphone.

Teammate Damien de Allende pumped his arms in the air in front of the fans wearing Springboks jerseys who packed the hall.

Captain Siya Kolisi and coach Rassie Erasmus are expected to arrive with the Webb Ellis Cup later Tuesday.

The Springboks won their third World Cup title by beating England 32-12 in Yokohama, Japan.

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