Rassie Erasmus reveals the reason why Mapimpi didn’t have photos of his family on the back of his Springbok shirt
South Africa head coach Rassie Erasmus revealed the incredibly emotional story about Makazole Mapimpi in the latest episode of Chasing the Sun last night.
In the groundbreaking new series, Erasmus reveals the reason why Mapimpi didn’t have any pictures of his family or friends on the number on the back of his shirt.
During the Rugby World Cup, players would have players of their families embossed on the back of their shirts to show the support that they gave for them.
But this was not the case for Mapimpi who chose to only have photos of himself because he didn’t have anybody else.
This was incredibly emotional.
— Katleho Lynch (@LynchCoach) November 1, 2020
When rugby fans found out about this they were all incredibly emotional, as we were too!
— Brenden Nel (@BrendenNel) November 1, 2020
Mapimpi now has the biggest family in the world. He is welcome at any braai any time in every place ever. We love you man! #ChasingTheSun
— RhymesWithRuck (@jwcoetzee) November 1, 2020
I am bawling my eyes out … Mapimpi’s story, Rassie’s tears, I am not coping right now 💔💔💔😭😭😭 #ChasingTheSun
— Muneera’s holle really saved the day 🍑 (@TraceyManus) November 1, 2020
I watched a very raw Makazole Mapimpi and Coyi Banda tear up teams in the Currie Cup first division a few years ago. When he snapped up by the Kings for Super Rugby I knew he was gonna be very good.
— Philasande Sixaba (@psixaba) November 1, 2020
That Mapimpi moment 😭😭😭#ChasingTheSun
— Sir Rain (@TheDukeofPmb) November 1, 2020
Fans outside of South Africa will not get to watch the full series ‘legally’ for months, we can’t wait to watch it.
South Africa today celebrate one year of being World Cup champions. Amazing how the time has flown by! We are warming to the Springboks with stories like this!