Springboks captain Siya Kolisi has thanked South Africans from all walks of life for coming out in their hundreds of thousands to congratulate the team on winning the Rugby World Cup in the last week.
The Springboks arrived home from Japan on Tuesday, and they have since visited Pretoria, Johannesburg, Soweto, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town on a natioawide Trophy Tour victory parade.
"The last week has probably been one of the best of my life and I speak on behalf of all my team-mates and management when I say that the support we've received has been nothing but remarkable and unbelievable," Kolisi said in Cape Town on Monday.
"The celebrations in Tokyo, with President Cyril Ramaphosa, Minister Nathi Mthethwa and Prince Harry in attendance, were very special, but nothing could prepare us for what was waiting back here in South Africa.
"From our arrival at O.R. Tambo International Airport last Tuesday, the reception with President Ramaphosa at the Union Buildings, meeting and greeting our loyal sponsors, and receptions by local government around the country, it's been a fantastic and whirlwind week.
"But we won the Webb Ellis Cup for ordinary South Africans, and to be able to present the trophy to them has been phenomenal."
SA Rugby is planning smaller trophy visits to other South African provinces, but no timelines are currently available.