South African President Cyril Ramaphosa believes that he will hand the Webb Ellis trophy to Siya Kolisi next Saturday and has fired off a tweet to British PM Boris Johnson.
Johnson and the United Kingdom might have been hoping that Wales could keep the final a home unions affair but the Springboks played spoiler claiming a hard-fought 19-16 win over Warren Gatland’s men in Yokohama.
England earned their place in the final on Saturday beating the All Blacks 19-7 with a near-flawless display of Test rugby.
After the match against Wales, Ramaphosa wasted little time in declaring that he was on his way to Japan and looked forward to seeing Johnson at the final.
Ramaphosa tweets his support
Ramaphosa to emulate Mandela and Mbeki
South African presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki were involved in the trophy ceremonies in 1995 and 2007 respectively.
A delegation from the Royal Family are expected to attend the match as well alongside Johnson.
Wales’ defeat in the semi-final means that Prince William and Prince Harry don’t have to go head to head in the Rugby World Cup final. Williams is patron of Wales Rugby Union while Harry succeeded the Queen as patron of the England team in 2017. It would be very surprising if Harry was not in attendance at the final
England have won the Rugby World Cup only once back in 2003 when Clive Woodward’s team bested a Wallabies outfit coached by Eddie Jones, the man tasked with ending the Springboks 2019 World Cup dream.
Brexit bothering Bojo
Johnson might not be immediately focused on the Rugby World Cup as he attempts to have his Brexit deal pushed through before the 1 November deadline which is just a day before the final.
South Africa’s Minister of Sport Nathi Mthethwa congratulated the team on their efforts to reach the Rugby World Cup final.
The Springboks last lifted the Rugby World Cup in 2007 when they beat England in a tight final in Paris, only Frans Steyn is still in the set-up 12 years on.
For England their only triumph came in 2003 when a Jonny Wilkinson drop-goal gave the Roses an extra-time win over the Wallabies in Perth.
The Rugby World Cup Final between England and South Africa will take place at the International Stadium Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City. The match is scheduled to kick-off at 11:00 SAST and will be broadcast live on Supersport with commentary available on SABC Radio.
“It’s a done deal”, chirped Boris Johnson on Thursday. The UK Prime Minister believes he has finally seen land across the horizon when it comes to leaving the European Union with a Brexit deal. It only took three-and-a-half years of bizarre, self-imploding governance to get to this point, but Britain now stands on the brink.
We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control — now Parliament should get Brexit done on Saturday so we can move on to other priorities like the cost of living, the NHS, violent crime and our environment #GetBrexitDone #TakeBackControl
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) October 17, 2019
Brexit latest – UK, EU agree deal… but it may still be scuppered
Well, they’re almost there. This is certainly the closest the UK has ever got to fulfilling its promise to leave the European Union, after the Referendum of June 2016. Much like a tearaway teen threatening to run away from home for the attention, Johnson and his government now have one foot out of the door – but it could still be slammed shut.
There are a few problems and obstacles to face ahead of the Brexit deadline agreed upon by both parties. With just two weeks to go until Britain is scheduled to divorce the EU, even the home-straight is a tough stretch to navigate – here’s what currently stands in the way of the Conservative Party’s plans:
New Brexit deal – dead or alive?
Remember that election Britain had two years ago? The one where Theresa May promised to vastly increase the Tories majority and, instead, lost it altogether? In a bid to cling onto power, the Conservatives formed an alliance with the DUP – a right-wing political party which represents Northern Ireland in Parliament.
Their official coalition partners are between a rock and a hard place. They do support Brexit, but of course, leaving the European Union means that all sorts of issues arise between Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and their shared border. The latest deal, allegedly, fails to handle this problem comprehensively.
The DUP aren’t happy. They have claimed they will not be supporting this deal. Without the support of their partners in government, getting this “new deal” approved will be a tough ask.
The DUP have confirmed they don’t support the new Brexit deal and their earlier statement still stands.
— LBC Breaking (@lbcbreaking) October 17, 2019
MPs still have to vote on the deal
Thanks to laws passed in Parliament earlier this year, the government must put their new deal to the rest of the house. That means that Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National Party – all of whom are sceptical of Boris’ allegedly “improved” offer – will get to express their opposition to the terms and conditions.
Should Johnson fail to get a majority to approve of the deal, he’ll be forced to seek a delay to his plans to leave the EU. The Tory leader had been championing the fact that he’d “Get Brexit Done” by 31 October, but unless he decides to break the law again in pursuit of no deal, he’ll have to seek an extension on the deadline.
So far, the new #BrexitDeal will not be supported by:
– all SNP (35)
– Jo Swinson and all Liberal Democrats (19)
– DUP (10)
– Caroline Lucas / Green (1)
– IGC/Change UK (5)
– Jeremy Corbyn and most of Labour (215?)
— Remain Voice – Brexit News (@RemainVoice) October 17, 2019
Problems with the deal itself
The truth is, Johnson is presenting a deal that is essentially a revived version of what Theresa May presented to Parliament earlier in the year – a 500-page document that was torn to shreds by critics in all corners of the house, including the Conservatives.
It’s already being reported that the new offer would leave Britain in a worse state than what May is offering. Politicians across the divide have just two days to get to grips with the mammoth legal document before deciding whether to stick or twist. However, it’s apparent lack of substance could be a killer for Johnson and his team.