Flo: Springbok homecoming ‘blew my mind’

Francois Louw of South Africa poses for a portrait with the Web Ellis Cup following his team's victory against England in the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final between England and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama on November 02, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.

Cape Town – Francois Louw couldn’t have written the script to his Test career any better, retiring from international rugby just days after the Springboks lifted the Webb Ellis Cup in Japan last year.

The 34-year-old, who played his 76th Test match in coming off the bench against England in that November 2 Yokohama final to help close out the game for the Boks, says it still hasn’t quite sunk in.

One of the older players in the Bok class of 2019, Louw vividly remembers watching Francois Pienaar’s Springboks of 1995 knocking over the All Blacks in extra time after a Joel Stransky drop goal.

While he was only nine-years-old at the time, Louw understood that something special had happened and overs 24 years later, it would be him celebrating.

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