All you need to know about the Springboks' victory parade

All you need to know about the Springboks' victory parade

SA Rugby has revealed the details about the Springboks' upcoming trophy tour set to hit the biggest cities in South Africa.

A four-day victory parade has been meticulously planned to allow the World Cup-winning Boks to show off the trophy they so brilliantly won in France.

SA Rugby President Mark Alexander said the tour's purpose was to reach as many people as possible within the limited timeframe before the squad goes their separate ways.

The five largest population centres in the country - Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Soweto, and Pretoria - have been given priority to provide the maximum number of people with the opportunity to welcome the team.

The significance of the Eastern Cape in the history, development, and future of black rugby was acknowledged, leading to a visit to Buffalo City. Alexander said that another significant Springbok event is planned for Nelson Mandela Bay in 2024, although specific details are yet to be confirmed.

"The players' club commitments necessitate their swift return or immediate rehabilitation after 21 weeks of intense competition since the Rugby Championship began," he said.

"Satellite tours to other population centres in the Free State, North West, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, and Northern Cape, among other places, are in the planning stages, with scheduling contingent on players' club commitments.

"While it was always challenging to visit every town and city due to time constraints, we are confident that our choices and ongoing planning will enable us to visit all major population centres in every province over time. With the Cup in our possession for another four years, there's ample opportunity for that."

Alexander also passed on the Springboks' heartfelt gratitude to all South Africans for the overwhelming support and passion showered upon the team throughout their triumphant Rugby World Cup journey.

"The Springboks are on their way back to South Africa, but on their behalf and on behalf of the entire South African rugby community, I want to express our profound gratitude and humility in the face of the immense support the team has received," he said.

"The TikToks, YouTube videos, and Facebook posts of fans reacting to the Bok victories played a significant role in motivating the team to give their all as the clock ticked down to the final whistle on Saturday night."

Springbok victory parade details

The Boks are set to arrive at Oliver Tambo International Airport on Tuesday morning at 11am and will no doubt receive a heroic welcome there.

The Trophy Tour then kicks off this Thursday in Johannesburg, Soweto, and Pretoria, before moving to Cape Town on Friday and Durban on Saturday and wrapping up in East London on Sunday.

Each convoy will consist of between three and six busses, two sponsor vehicles, a Supersport outside broadcasting unit, and an ambulance.

The times and routes of the parade have already been confirmed.

2nd November - Pretoria - 08:30-11:15 - 14km

07h15 Transfer to closed bus to Southern Sun Pretoria to transfer team into open-air bus

• 09h30 Parade starts in an easterly direction down Stanza Bopape Street

• Right into End Street• Right into Pretorius Street in a westerly direction

• Left into Gordon Street (which becomes Jan Shoba Street)

• Right into Burnett Street

• Left into Park Street

• Left into Kirkness Street, past Loftus Versfeld

• Right into Jorissen Street (becomes Kotze Street, A Reyeng route into Nana Sita

• Right into Paul Kruger Street and around Church Square

• Right into Madiba Street

• 10h30 to 1100 stop at Tshwane House and then depart to Johannesburg

• Players transfer in closed bus for transfer to MTN

• 12h00 – 13h00 Lunch at MTN

• 13h00 – 13h00 closed bus to Helpmekaar Kollege, team swap into open-air bus

2nd November - Johannesburg & Soweto - 14:00-16:15 - 33km

• 1 Jan Smuts Avenue in Braamfontein to Metro Centre and across the Nelson Mandela Bridge

• Onto FNB Bank City in Simmonds Street – FNB CEO to speech from Springbok Bus Roof

• Onto Nasrec Road past Riverley and to the FNB Stadium

• South to Ben Naude Street

• Left into Immink Road

• Right into Chris Hani Street past Maponya Mall

• Right into Klipspruit Valley Road

• Left into Kumalo Main Road and left into Vilakazi Street and onto the Hector Pieterson Memorial

• From approximately 15h45 to 16h15: past Orlando Stadium to FNB Stadium

• N 1 Highway – 16h30 – Arrival Fireblade Aviation 17h10

3rd November - Cape Town - 10:00-16:15 - 33km

• 07h00 Bomb Sweep

• 10h00 Bruch/Grand parade speeches

• 11h:00 Tour starts at City Hall and bus departs along Darling Street

• Left onto Adderley Street

• Right onto Wale Street

• Left onto Long Street

• Right onto Buitensingel

• Right onto Loop Street

• Right onto Strand Street

• Left onto Adderley Street

• Left onto Hans Strijdom Ave onto Helen Suzman

• To DHL Stadium

4th November - KwaZulu-Natal - 09:15-14:00 - 49km

• 06h30 Bomb Sweep

• 08h00 Premier to meet Coach / Captain (Khaya) - Plan to leave earlier

• 08h30: Start at Garden Court Aurora Drive – Plan to leave no later than 08h30

• Left into Centenary Blvd

• Right into Umhlanga Rocks Drive over M41

• Right into Kennith Kaunda Drive

• Take Kennith Kaunda Drive that becomes Blackburn Road

• Right into Chris Hani R102

• Left onto N2

• Right onto Queen Nandi Drive

• Left on Malendela Road

• Approximately 09h30: drive past KwaMashu Station

• On Malendela Road onto Inanda Road

• Right onto N2 for 800m and Left onto Umgeni Road

• Left into R102 Chris Hani Road around Roadhouse Cresent

• Right Onto Riverside Road towards the M4 Ruth First Highway

• South onto the M4 Ruth First Highway and onto Stalwart Simelane Street, which becomes Florence Nzama Street

• Right onto Anton Lambede Street• Approximately 10h30: Mayoral visit stop at Durban City Hall This is 20Km from KwaMashu Station

• 11h30: Depart City Hall via Anton Lambede Street

• Right onto Brooke Road

• Right onto Dr Pixley Kaseme Street to OR Tambo Parade and turn left

• North via Battery Beach Road

• 12h30 Moses Mahbida Stadium for private lunch with the Premier Press conference with selected players

5th November - East London - 09:15-14:00 - 26.7km

• Starting at the Garden Court Hotel

• Left into Moore Stree

• Left into John Bailie Road

• Continue along John Bailie Road

• Left into Glen Eagles Road

• Right into Old Transkei Road

• Left into Devereaux Avenue

• Left into Western Avenue

• Right into Amalinda Main Road

• Left into Woolwash Road

• Left onto Mdantsane Access Road

• Right into Alphen Road

• Right into John Nash Road

• Left into Dunnoon Road

• Right into Douglas Smith Highway

• Right into Windyridge Road

• Into St Peters Road

• Right into Oxford Street

• Down Oxford Street Stopping at The City Hall

• Depart City Hall down Oxford Street

• Left into Fleet Street

• Right into Currie Street

• Along the Esplanade

• Finish at the Garden Court Hotel

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