Springbok captain Warren Whiteley says that 2007 Springbok World Cup winning side must inspire the current generation to replicate that success.
FILE: The Bryan Habana show: A 19-min hat-trick brings Bryan Habana level with Jonah Lomu on 15 tries with 18 minutes to go at the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Picture: Twitter@rugbyworldcup
JOHANNESBURG – Friday marks the 10th anniversary of South Africa’s World Cup win in France, beating England 15-6 en route to their second world title.
Current Springbok captain Warren Whiteley, who was only 20 at the time, has told EWNSport that it was a tournament he will never forget.
Whiteley says that there were so many memorable moments to come out of the competition.
“That whole World Cup was phenomenal. Think about Bryan Habana equalling Jonah Lomu’s record. That first game against England where we completely outplayed them and then met them again in the final. Who could forget Danie Rossouw’s tackle in the corner.”
Whiteley says he never understood why Rossouw’s tackle in the corner was so heavily debated.
“It was a controversial decision if you are an Englishman, but if you’re South African, it was a mile out. We were worthy winners and it’s really a magical moment in South African rugby history seeing John Smith lift that trophy.”
Whiteley says the class of 2007 must inspire the current generation to replicate that success.
“Amazing to have such a strong tradition within South Africa. Winning two World Cups, it’s nice to look back at those memories and it’s definitely something that motivates you for the future. We want to achieve that again.”
All week you can visit our special feature page on www.ewn.co.za to read and hear from players and staff involved and also share your special memories of the Rugby World Cup with us via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as we look back at the famous 2007 win.