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South Africa's rugby stars received a dream homecoming in Pretoria on Thursday as thousands of fans took to the streets to watch their open-top bus parade after winning the World Cup for the fourth time.
The Springboks edged past New Zealand 12-11 in Saturday's final in Paris after also beating France and England by a single point in their quarter-final and semi-final respectively.
The result meant South Africa became the first nation to win the Rugby World Cup four times as they retained the title they won in 2019.
They have now returned to South Africa, and fans poured out onto the streets to catch a glimpse of their heroes.
South Africa's influential captain Siya Kolisi took centre stage as he held the Webb Ellis Trophy aloft for supporters to see.
South Africa's rugby heroes were greeted by thousands of fans on the streets of Pretoria
South Africa captain Siya Kolisi holds aloft the Webb Ellis Trophy during the open-top bus parade
Preside Cyril Ramaphosa holds the World Cup up as he stands alongside Kolisi (left) and head coach Jacques Nienaber (right)
He also posed for a picture with president Cyril Ramaphosa (centre) and head coach Jacques Nienaber (right)
He also posed for pictures with president Cyril Ramaphosa, who held up the World Cup and a jersey signed by all the players, and head coach Jacques Nienaber - he is set to leave his role after the team's win in