WATCH: Young Springbok fan meets his hero Eben Etzebeth after starring in viral video

WATCH: Young Springbok fan meets his hero Eben Etzebeth after starring in viral video

Springbok fan Siya Dlamini got to meet his hero Eben Etzebeth on Friday during South Africa's trophy tour following their Rugby World Cup victory.

One of Dlamini's videos on TikTok went viral during the World Cup as he was recorded reacting to Etzebeth's try in the quarter-final against France.

The Springboks were trailing hosts France 25-19 in the final quarter of the last-eight clash at the Stade de France.

With the game in the balance, the Boks made the bold move of opting for a quick tap from a penalty close to the line, with Etzebeth barging over to put his side in the lead in the latter stages.

In Dlamini's video, he is standing watching the video on television before reacting gleefully to the try and shouting "Elizabedi" as he jumps around the room.

The video has garnered over 6.5 million views on TikTok and has been reshared on other social media platforms.

The clip reached the Springbok squad during the Rugby World Cup with captain Siya Kolisi referring to Etzebeth as "Elizabedi" on multiple occasions since their arrival back in South Africa.

However, on Friday, Dlamini got his opportunity to meet his hero in person.

He spots Etzebeth and charges towards him, with the Bok lock recognising him as the pair embrace.

In the video, Etzebeth says to the fan, "You changed my name, hey." before posing for a picture.

The youngster got the opportunity to pose alongside another Bok star with Cheslin Kolbe also taking a photo with him, which he posted on social media platform X, with the caption: "Meet the Trend setter" #elizabedi.

Dlamini said that he was shocked that he was getting an opportunity to meet the world champions.

"I'm so shocked, I'm so surprised, I never thought that I would come this far," he told journalist Avuyile Sawula on the media bus following the trophy tour.

"It was an amazing feeling (meeting Etzebeth)."

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