Sunday evening, at the Vélodrome stadium in Marseille, after the match between South Africa and Tonga, the two rugby teams knelt in a circle to pray. A magnificent moment of contemplation which made the rounds on social networks.
For their last group match, the South African Springboks won against the Tonga Islands Sunday evening at the Marseille Velodrome stadium. A match during which the reigning world champions managed to keep the advantage not without difficulty.
At the end of this meeting, a beautiful moment of solidarity and contemplation between the two teams caught the attention of the whole world.
Indeed, after the final whistle, the South African and Tongan players gathered in a circle, holding each other, they knelt to pray in the center of the stadium. A prayer that did not go unnoticed! A video capturing this time of contemplation has indeed made the rounds on social networks. On Twitter, it has already been viewed more than 700k times.
In the clip of a few seconds, we see Eben Etzebeth, South African player, holding Tongan substitute Sonatane Takula, while they both have their heads bowed in prayer.
“This is why rugby is the greatest sport there is. They fight for 80 minutes, but maintain immense respect for each other,” writes an Internet user, touched by this outpouring of solidarity between the two teams.
Camille Westphal Perrier