With the country going to lockdown on Thursday night due to the Covid-19 pandemic, people are getting ready to stay at home.
But there are a number of Springboks who are sukkelling to do just that.
Duane Vermeulen and his former national team coach Allister Coetzee are two of a group of South African rugby professionals who have been stranded in Japan as governments close their borders and restrict air travel.
The Bok No.8 posted a video on Twitter showing the travelling party at an airport ticket counter trying to a flight home on Monday night.
While they may have had happy memories of winning the World Cup in Tokyo in November, Vermeulen and his Bok teammates Jesse Kriel and Malcolm Marx weren’t haven’t it this time.
Good times finding out our flights are cancelled as we arrive at check in counter. Absolutely no support from @emirates Stuck in Japan indefinitely with my family back home.🤬🤬 pic.twitter.com/f0iZmsoYTc— Duane Vermeulen (@duane_vermeulen) March 23, 2020
Vermeulen posted: “Good times finding out our flights are cancelled as we arrive at check-in counter. Absolutely no support from @emirates. Stuck in Japan indefinitely with my family back home”
Yesterday, they were still struggling to find a flight out of the Land of the Rising Sun where they their play club rugby.