Springboks take home the Rugby World Cup – with great skills and wonderful leadership

November 4, 2019 JAK
TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 02: Team and the South Africa President raise the Webb Ellis Cup the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final match between England and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama on November 02, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Juan Jose Gasparini/Gallo Images)

With the majority of the team at KBR, the UK distributor of Forecast 5, being of proudly South African heritage, I hope our UK based clients and our staunch All Black Development Team will allow us a few moments to reflect on the momentous success of the Springboks at the Yokohama Stadium on Saturday when, for the first time, a black South African rugby captain lifted the golden Webb Ellis Trophy.

South Africa’s Rugby World Cup triumph in 2019 eclipses the side’s success in 1995, according to former Springbok captain Francois Pienaar.



Pienaar was presented with the Cup by president Nelson Mandela in an iconic moment in the nation’s post-apartheid history.

“2019 is bigger,” said Pienaar.

“It is a transformed team with 58 million people watching in South Africa, all races wearing green, which wouldn’t have happened in my time.

And John Smit, winning captain in 2007 agrees.

Every big project –  whether its planning from afar to win the Rugby World Cup or to develop your corporate budget for the ensuing years – needs a range of skills, not least of which is leadership.

The leadership on the field of the current Springbok captain, Siya Kolisi, was clear for all to see whilst his speech after the game was inspiring

And to coach Rassie Erasmus – who masterminded this project and has now been selected Coach of the Year – must go huge credit for his wisdom, strategic management and inter-personnel skills. These are evident in the post match press conference, below.

I particularly liked Siya’s comments about how the Coach kept encouraging the players (3:35) about honesty (9:35), from Rassie about defusing pressure by creating hope (10:45) and his insight on why the Springboks dominated the scrums; their big men in the front five had been substituted earlier throughout the tournament and were less fatigued! (5:00).

Go Bokke – you have made us very proud!