SA Rugby and Super 14 champions, the Blue Bulls, have acted as an unexpected catalyst in uniting South Africans behind Bafana Bafana and the World Cup finals.
That was the view of 2010 Local Organising Committee chief executive Danny Jordaan on Wednesday after a gala banquet in Sandton in support of Bafana Bafana, who play Mexico in the opening Group A match at Soccer City next Friday.
""We have shown ourselves to be a truly rainbow nation. I could not believe the incredible success of the Blue Bulls playing their Super 14 semifinal (against the New Zealand Crusaders) and the final against the Stormers at Orlando Stadium during the last two weekends.
"Soweto came to the party to support rugby and the Blue Bulls," Jordaan said. "Rugby was once the sport of the white elite and now the black people of Soweto have adopted rugby and the Bulls.
"It was a fantastic development that has helped further unite SA during the build-up the World Cup finals."
Jordaan also praised Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira for an outstanding job.
"He has given the players back their self-belief and moulded them into a formidable unit that is full of commitment and fighting spirit." - Sapa