Rugby: Christians on both teams in the World Cup final


Saturday October 28, the Stade de France will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup final where the All Blacks will face the Springboks. Among the players of both teams some do not hide their faith in Jesus.

The Rugby World Cup final will take place this Saturday in Paris, it will be the sixth time that South Africa and New Zealand have faced each other at a World Cup. These two teams have a particularity, whether in the All Blacks or the Springbocs, members of the team are Christians and do not hide it. 

For New Zealand, Ardie Savea, who was man of the match in the All Blacks' quarter-final victory over Ireland, praised God on his Instagram account following the match. 


A post shared by Ardie Savea (@ardiesavea)

 "All glory to you! THANK YOU, JESUS", he wrote in this post, to which his teammate Neo Laulala replied: "JESUS ​​IS THE ONLY WAY!!!", in a comment. 

Among the South Africans, Siya Kolisi, the captain of the Springboks, is not shy about his faith, as revealed by his Instagram account which announces the color in his bio. According to Premier Christianity, the player might not have participated at all in previous tournament matches if it wasn't for the grace of God. Due to a knee injury, he almost missed the World Cup. But he clung to the Lord, “his foundation,” and testified to his “swift” healing. “I absolutely could not justify or explain how I healed so quickly,” he reported. 

His teammate, Cheslin Kolbe, is also vocal about his Christian faith. On October 16, he published a post on X (former Twitter), accompanied by a series of photos from the competition, in which he gave glory to God.

So, whatever the outcome of the match, we can bet that the name of Jesus will be raised during the final!

Camille Westphal Perrier

Image credit: Shutterstock / Victor Velter (France-Uruguay match on September 14, 2023) 

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