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Comeback City: Rugby World Cup Day Nineteen

08th October 2019

In the city of comebacks, Canada couldn't make one today


South Africa 66-7 Canada

The writing was on the wall in today’s Group B match in Kobe when South Africa ran in three tries inside the opening ten minutes. It would have taken a monumental effort from Canada to come back from that, but they were in the right place to do it.

Fighting spirit is woven into the fabric of Kobe. In January 1995 the city was devastated by an earthquake that killed or injured over 30,000 people and left 300,000 more homeless. From those ashes Kobe has risen again, and today over 100 global companies have HQ offices there including Procter & Gamble, Boehringer Ingelheim, Eli Lilly and Nestlé.

In fairness to Canada they put up a fight today and were overpowered by one of the tournament favourites. Their match with Namibia on Sunday will give both teams one final opportunity to put a win on the board at this World Cup. They’ll both be hoping to channel the spirit of Kobe.


South Africa and Canada have many links. There are currently over 40,000 Canadian citizens of South African origin including Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and PayPal and one of the world’s richest men. Musk’s entrepreneurial flair was in evidence at the age of just twelve when he designed his first video game and sold the rights for $500.


South Africa (47) 66

Tries: de Allende, Nkosi, Reinach (3), Gelant, Steyn, Brits, Willemse, Malherbe

Cons: Jantjies (8)

Canada (0) 7

Try: Heaton

Con: Nelson


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