If you happened to be driving in Cape Town yesterday and spotted Springbok players hitchhiking, you were not imagining things.
Just hours after coach Allister Coetzee announced his Springbok team for the incoming Ireland tour on Saturday, the Bokke literally hit the road running.
The 31-man squad was split into teams of four and sent to different venues in Cape Town, including a gym, SmileFM and Mzoli’s braai restaurant in Gugulethu.
The aim was for the players to use social media and the hashtag #LoveRugby to hitch a ride with Capetonians from Cape Town International Airport to their various destinations.
Stormer Siya Kolisi and Bull Jan Serfontein had no trouble getting to Tyger Valley Virgin Active, where they helped members with their squats.
The Daily Voice caught up with Shark Pat Lambie, Lion Lionel Mapoe, Bull Jesse Kriel and Stormer Bongi Mbonambi, who were sweating it out in front of the braai grills at the famous Mzoli’s chesanyama.
Lambie, who is known for his cool, calm and collected style of play, couldn’t manage more than five minutes in front of the hot flames.
Praising the kitchen staff, he said: “The guys in the kitchen are such champions, being able to handle the hot and smokey conditions with smiles on their faces.”
The Bokke then made their way to a VIP area, where they enjoyed a lekker bord braaivleis with Mr Mzoli Ngcawuzele himself.
A pleased Mzoli joked: “They have a lot of potential and I would keep them in mind if ever I need an extra hand.”
Several other pictures were shared on Instagram with Stormer Nic Groom and Shark Willie le Roux catching a lift in the back of a police van.
Sharks star Beast Mtawarira, Stormer Pieter-Steph du Toit and Bull Rudy Paige were spotted at a BP garage.
Later, the players scrambled to get a lift back to Stellenbosch, where they met up with the rest of the squad for their 3pm call time.