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Siya Kolisi's classy gesture after alleged Jordie Barrett snub

Jordie Barrett receiving his runner up medal at the RWC final

The double World Cup winning champion Springboks arrived in South Africa today, touching down at OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg to an overwhelming reception of thousands of adoring fans.

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After making their way through the crowd, coach Jacques Nienaber and captain Siya Kolisi, joined by the Webb Ellis trophy, addressed the media to reflect on their tournament in general, and various moments in the 12-11 victory over New Zealand.

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Just as time was coming to a close, Kolisi showed the kind of class we’ve come to expect from him, getting the attention of everyone in the room for one final comment.

“Just on a more of a sensitive note… I don’t know if you guys have seen, but after the game, there was a video that went out on TikTok about Jordie Barrett, that somebody thinks he didn’t shake the president’s hand,” the skipper explained.

“He’s been getting a lot of bad media, people are being hard on him. But obviously, it’s tough losing a World Cup final, and obviously getting that kind of negative media is not good, and I know him personally, he’s someone that I know very well… He’s not that kind of person.

“The video was taken probably after he shook the hand.. he obviously shook the president’s hand.”

Watch the alleged incident here:

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“And we just want to say, we the South African team, I spoke to coach Jacques (Nienaber) about it, we are fully behind him. We respect New Zealand a lot, they respect us a lot, so please just give him some slack. Let’s just celebrate.

“There’s nothing worse than losing a game and then also being on (social) media and getting all these kind of messages. It’s really been tough for him, and obviously the team and his family, but the South African team, we’re all behind him.

“So please, if you can.. he did shake the president’s hand. Thank you.”

The Springboks will now embark on a four-day bus top trophy tour around the country, as they did in 2019, allowing fans to get closer to their heroes.

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Starting on Thursday, 2 November, they will visit Pretoria, Johannesburg and Soweto, – concluding at FNB Stadium – and then Cape Town (Friday) and Durban (Saturday) before concluding in the Eastern Cape (East London) on Sunday.

On a related note, it looks as though South African fans have figured out how Barrett missed that all important long-range penalty kick late in the game.

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Lukonde T 262 days ago

Ok. We get it. Siya is a great guy but let us stop creating narratives at the expense of other people.

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Jon 262 days ago

So what id he didn’t shake his hand? He probably just forgot and the president likely thankful of the one less obligation toward the losing group.

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PutMeInCoach 263 days ago

Of course he shook his hand. All ABs are full class. Same with SA. But even if he didn’t, WHO CARES? People have their reasons. Macron is no saint.

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Jon 263 days ago

Starting to like the Barretts more…

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mjp89 264 days ago

“It's tough losing a World Cup Final,” says Siya. “I mean, I assume. I wouldn't know. It probably sucks though.”

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Nool 264 days ago

what a leader is Siya
This is a reincarnation of Mandela

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Khangwe 264 days ago

He did shake his hand, to me it looked the president was shocked at the similarities between the brothers looks, he probably thought he was seeing a goat…

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JohnC 264 days ago

From the X video above, TBH, you see the pres hand is out and Jordie walks past and the pres goes from looking at his hand to Jordie with a sorta wondering look so looks legit…. not fussed and Siya as alway did good with his comment about this.

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Luke 264 days ago

Kolisi first running to Cheslin after the whistle and now this tells you he’s always got his mind on the people. Even when the jobs done, he’s still the captain

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Pecos 264 days ago

Thank you, sir. Well said.

Sadly, again, some nobody on social media chasing toxic views & likes, draws blowflies to shit.

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