DETERMINED: Philip Snyman. Photo: SUPPLIED

The Blitzboks want to inspire the nation with a bit of Madiba Magic at the Cape Town Stadium this weekend.

Kitted in a Nelson Mandela 100th birthday-inspired jersey for the weekend and having gone to Robben Island, where Madiba spent 18 of his 27-year prison sentence, for the captain’s photo on Tuesday, Snyman says: “It was very emotional standing on Robben Island, wearing this special jersey.

“We all celebrate the role Madiba played as the Father of the Nation and this jersey will add to our motivation.

“Similarly to that which our late Mr Mandela envisaged, the Blitzboks are a team that want to inspire and give hope to people, and to use our abilities on the field to bring the nation together.”

He adds: “We want to play to our potential for ourselves and for everyone out there. That is a given.”

On the pitch, Snyman also says the Blitzboks have a trick or two up their sleeves.

He adds: “Coach Neil Powell has a plan or two up his sleeve and I think we will be very competitive this weekend. Running out there with the support of the country, wearing this special jersey will be a fantastic occasion. We can’t wait.”

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