Many things are going in the world of international rugby, but one of the most notable events that have taken place in terms of international rugby is when a number of Springbok rugby players gave sixty seven minutes which was as a part of the international Mandela Day campaign. The former president of South Africa turned ninety five a few days back and as usual, there were many events held to celebrate his birthday all over the world, and the Springbok players were not far behind.
The main objective of Mandela Day celebrations is to make the world a better place, and nothing can be better than making use of international rugby in such a case. This can be done by various events and individuals can be inspired to help change the world to a better place for everyone. Mandela had spent sixty seven years striving for the welfare of the people, and after his efforts, the number has become symbolic to an extent. So, many Springbok players such as captain Jean de Villiers, Juan de Jongh and Gio Aplon along with Siya Kolisi spent their sixty seven minutes at the Siyabulela Primary School, situated outside of Cape Town. It is part of a campaign in which rugby players read to young pupils, and participate in various small events with the children.
This initiative from the Springbok players is really a huge leap forward for the international rugby community, and according to de Villiers, rugby can be really good source of welfare, and he has experienced himself how rugby can change the lives of people so easily and impact fully. It can really uplift the condition of people in the country, and he is honoured to have been able to take part in something so helpful to the children.