The announcement of the Springboks team for the upcoming 2023 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals against France has sparked a heated debate among fans. The announcement, made on the team’s official Instagram account, was met with mixed reactions, leading to a virtual war of words among the supporters.
The message from the Springboks was clear and confident: “Your #Springboks team for Sunday’s #RWC2023 quarter-final against France 🇿🇦🏉”. However, not all fans were in agreement with the selection.
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Springboks Team Announcement: A Matter of Debate
The Springboks squad for this year’s World Cup is undoubtedly packed with talent. Regardless of who the coach chose, it was bound to please many while also disappointing others. The controversy began as soon as the squad was announced.
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Many fans expressed their disappointment over the exclusion of certain players. For instance, Lukhanyo AM, a popular figure among the fans, was notably absent from the team. Many believed he deserved a spot in the starting lineup. Similarly, Handre Pollard, another fan favorite, also seemed to be missing from the squad.
Fans’ Reactions: A Mixed Bag
The announcement on Instagram led to a flurry of comments from fans expressing their views on the team selection. Some fans took it personally and engaged in heated discussions in the comment section.
Comments ranged from supportive messages like “There’s no point in asking where other boks are when they not on the list! Support guys, they know what they doing 🙌🔥”, to expressions of disappointment such as “Where’s Lukhanyo 😭 I guess he needs more practice time back with the team…” and “No ways!😭 it can’t be! Where’s Am? Why isn’t Handré starting? Why is Kriel there Why is Damian there?😭 but all in all I know our boys got this🔥 we’re behind you either way”.
Clearly, the team selection has stirred up a storm among fans. As we approach game day, all eyes will be on the Springboks to see if their chosen squad can deliver on the pitch.