Dear Willie … we are lank sorry for giving you such a hard time during the world cup. We know it couldn’t have been easy on you or your family. As if there wasn’t already enough pressure playing for your country … in a world cup no less!
You copped a beating not seen since that time I attempted the 100 meter dash in an 80 meter gym. We know you were trying your best and confidence can be a b%$#ch sometimes. We are just passionate supporters … I am sure you know how it goes. It’s the nature of the beast I guess.
I can only imagine you must have been as nervous as a cow with a bucktooth calf before the final. You must have realised that had the Boks lost and you played badly, returning to South Africa your reception would have been as icy as showing up at a Pretoria disco in a Stormers shirt.
Instead you took your punishment on the chin, stood up when counted and delivered under massive pressure on the biggest stage. You get to come home a hero along with the “Willie” Webb Ellis Cup and an improved bank balance.
All those Willie le Roux meme’s are a thing of the past now and you will one day get to tell your grandkids that you are a rugby world cup champion. That’s all that matters.
Yes, we were guilty of some Willie bashing for sure – I think we even gave you a 2/10 in one of the games – but as the saying goes … you are only as good as your last game and that was an 8/10 and a world cup final victory.
Before we go, it would be remiss of us not to add that you definitely owe your old Vrystaat mate Rassie one for showing more blind faith in you than Donald Trump on a Ukrainian hotline.
Here’s hoping that the next high ball you have to take is in the bar!
All the best,