tribute francois

Dear Madiba

I have been incredibly blessed to have shared a stage with you in 1995. You have been an inspiration in my life.

Through your leadership, every South African supported the Springboks for the first time. Words cannot describe the immense pride that swelled in me the day you handed us the Webb Ellis Cup.

A nation became one and the scenes that engulfed South Africa left an indelible mark. On behalf of every Springbok rugby player and all the supporters, a huge thank you. Thank you for the example you have set as a leader - your values, vision and humility have set us on a course to greatness.

I always say that in 1995, I was lucky; I was at the right place at the right time. I was in South Africa during the biggest sporting moment of my life, and Madiba was there.