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Mbalula tells Springboks to ‘moer hulle dood’

The minister was speaking at the send-off event for the team preparing to depart for the #RWC2015.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has urged the Springboks to come home with the William Webb Ellis Trophy. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has told the 31-man Springboks team to go to the 2015 Rugby World Cup and 'moer hulle dood".

The minister was speaking at the send-off event for the team preparing to depart for England.

He also added the team, which he referred to as a "bunch of winners", must go and make South Africans proud.

The national anthem, in particular, was very moving as everyone got up and sang it with pride.

He was joined on stage by the team, coach Heyneke Meyer and Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba.

#BokSendOff "Nkosi sikelel' iAfrika..." pic.twitter.com/HMa9inhYvT

Fans were earlier entertained by the likes of likes of Lloyd Cele, HHP and PJ Powers with their classical hit Jabulani and the Springboks mascot showing off few of his own dance moves.

#BokSendOff Bokkie and the fans getting in on the festivities. https://t.co/uKEsxThNdG

#BokSendOff The national anthem being sung https://t.co/jdiZzdDMQs

#BokSendOff @MbalulaFikile and @BafanaBafana coach Shakes Mashaba on stage pic.twitter.com/KFT3qBgR75

We heard "moer hulle" before the Boks left for the World Cup in 2011 and now he has added something extra to it saying "moer hulle dood".

He also warned the Japanese that they better watch out because the entire nation will be behind the Springboks.

The Springboks will now make their way to a cordoned off area for an opportunity to say goodbye to the fans as they wish them well ahead of their flight to England later tonight.

Mbalula has urged the country to throw their full support behind the Springboks.

WATCH: Bokke given golden #RWC2015 send-off

Speaking a short while ago at Montecasino, Mbalula issued strict instructions to the men in green and gold.

"Moer hulle dood."

The minister told fans and players, that despite the recent controversy over transformation within the team, the Boks deserve the country's backing.

"We are proud of this nation and that is why I'm saying to South Africa, black and white, purple and gold; stand behind the Springboks. We are one country, we are one nation, and we're proud of the Springboks."

Everyone gathered in their Springboks jerseys, all hoping for that one selfie or one autograph with the team before they make their way to the OR Tambo International Airport later on this evening.

The sports minister wished them well and guaranteed they would come back home with 'the big trophy'.

The Springboks were cornered by fans with big smiles on their faces.

Meanwhile, President of the South African Football Association (Safa) Dr Danny Jordaan has conveyed a message of good luck to the Springboks.

He said, "On behalf of all the football lovers around the country, we would like to assure you that we will be behind you in your quest to bring back the World Cup trophy. We are confident you will represent us with pride and dignity. We wish the team well."

The tournament is set to get underway on Friday 18 September.

The opening match will see the hosts take on Fiji at Twickenham, London in Pool A.

South Africa has been drawn in Pool B alongside Japan, Samoa, Scotland and the USA.

The Springboks kick off their campaign against Japan next Saturday, 19 September in Brighton.

Bafana Bafana coach, in a letter addressed to his counterpart coach Meyer, echoed the same sentiments.

"Go out there and represent the Rainbow Nation with pride and vigour. Remember the most important thing and recipe for success is to give it all. To all the players who have been selected for this showpiece, this is a special moment for you to showcase you talents to the world at the highest level. Always remember to give respect to your opponents BUT fear no one."

#BokSendOff There they are, the @Springboks pic.twitter.com/zNlkckv1uo

#BokSendOff Minister @MbalulaFikile speaking to @EWNsport 's @MarcLewisZA and @lead_sa 's @Abramjee pic.twitter.com/hpCKO9lpvj

Almost at a lost for words, skipper Jean de Villiers, stood on stage and thanked everyone for coming out and supporting the national team.

De Villiers urged his players to play well, but also to become role models for the youth of South Africa.

Pictures: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

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