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South Africa's 'bomb squad' commemorates Rugby World Cup victory with new tattoos



World champion Springboks took time out of their celebrations to get tattoos to commemorate South Africa's third Rugby World Cup triumph.

The Springboks beat England 32-12 in Yokohama last Saturday to lift the Webb Ellis Cup in Japan and match New Zealand's global rugby record.

South Africa's players are on a winning tour this week after returning home as heroes and likes of prop Steven Kitshoff, hooker Bongi Mbonambi and locks RG Snyman, Franco Mostert and Eben Etzebeth, who all played in the final, visited a tattoo parlor in Johannesburg for new ink.

South Africa's RG Snyman (second from left) and Steven Kitshoff (right) showing off their bomb squad tattoos in commemoration of their Rugby World Cup win in Japan.

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South Africa's RG Snyman (second from left) and Steven Kitshoff (right) showing off their bomb squad tattoos in commemoration of their Rugby World Cup win in Japan.

Each of them opted for something personal to remember their World Cup win on a brief stop of their victory parade around the country.

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Kitshoff, Mostert and Snyman each got a "bomb squad" tattoo in reference to the special name for those players coming off South Africa's bench and all three did that throughout the tournament.

Mbonambi opted for a simple but pleasing scribble of the Webb Ellis Cup and another squad member, Elton Jantjes's first five-eighth, went for a Springbok tattoo with the final date, November 2, 2019.

The tattoo parlor, Fallen Heroes, welcomed the chance to ink up their rugby stars as South Africa won their first World Cup in 12 years.

"The whole country was beautifully united during this World Cup, culminating in the most glorious win on November 2nd. We were so honored to be invited to tattoo our boys this week on their first day back," their Facebook post read.

Springboks captain Siya Kolisi on their victory tour back home.

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Springboks captain Siya Kolisi on their victory tour back home.

"Thank you Joe Fleming for these incredible pictures and Balm Tattoo for coming with us, providing the team with your awesome aftercare and just generally being the coolest."

The Springboks arrive in Durban on Friday and head to East London, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town afterwards.


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