Champions! South African GBJ students celebrate Springboks' rugby World Cup win over England

Updated: Nov 11, 2019


Nico Gous celebrates South Africa's big win. (Photo by Tamura Yasutaka)

By Tamura Yasutaka


Global Business Journalism students from South Africa are celebrating after their beloved Springboks won rugby's world championship by beating England 32-12 on Saturday.


“I did not expect South Africa to win because England was so good against New Zealand last week,” said Nico Gous, student from South Africa studying Global Business Journalism at Tsinghua University. “As a country, we needed something like this victory.”


Gous joined a group of Springboks fans at a bar in Beijing's Wudaokou neighborhood.


"I’d be love to be back in South Africa to celebrate," he said. “It’s just so good.”

The Springboks won the championship for the third time, equaling New Zealand’s record, the BBC reported. England beat New Zealand last week, but was decisively defeated by South Africa. The rugby world cup was held in Japan.


The South African fans dominated in Wudaokou. There was the national flag of South Africa hanging in the bar. The supporters of the Springboks were dancing and screaming. They kept calling “Siya Kolisi,” the name of the captain of the Springboks. People high-fived and hugged each other after the Springboks beat England. Some cried with great joy. The supporters sang "Waka Waka" ("This time for Africa") by Shakira as they celebrated.


“That was special vibe," said Natalie Meyer, Australian GBJ student who was born in South Africa.


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