THE 2019 Rugby World Cup fever is fast brewing amongst South Africans as the national team gets prepped up ahead of this historical spectacle.
Today, as one of the backers of Boks- MTN, unveiled an innovative but simple competition to accompany our boys to Japan (WC host) from September 20 to November 2, 2019.
The media announcement had previous and todays players mingling and sharing notes, a must!
The competition will see 150 lucky winners jetting off in a chartered flight to back our boys as part of the ‘WeGotU, Bokke’ campaign- as they experience a lifetime journey; travelling to Japan where they will explore the country’s rich cultural history.
Mapula Bodibe, Consumer Business Unit Executive at MTN SA says: “We are beyond proud to be the brand behind the Springboks as they take on what is set to be the most competitive rugby event yet, with many teams vying for the biggest prize ever. For us, rugby is about more than just the game, it is a means to unite a nation under a common goal”.
“In providing the experience of taking rugby fans on a trip to Japan, MTN are adding South African voices which otherwise would not have been there to support the Springboks, giving expression to the campaign message: ‘WeGotU, Bokke’”, explains Bodibe.
On the field, Bakkies Botha, former Bokke said what he has seen from the Boks thus far, shows the fighting spirit and passion these youngsters possess as long as they don’t get way too complacent, he warned.
The bulky player who towers 10m or so, also indicated that Argentina are serious contenders but Boks should have a good day at office.
“As long as our boys could master ‘tight five’ we should be OK and also follow the pack of forwards system,” says Botha.
Vic Matfield and Akhona Ndungane in unison said as long as referees are impartial on the field, Boks should do good.
“The issue of referees is a contentious one but, if we get a fair game and not penalise our boys like in the past, we stand a chance of pulling the wool over our opponents, especially New Zealanders,” they agreed.
Another is concern is injuries that players could pick up ahead of the squad announcement but, according to team Doctor, they will be keeping an eye on the unions to make sure they receive prompt medical attention.
There will be no chocker’s at the WC, pointed out strongly the teams’ Doctor, with a tongue in cheek.
Meanwhile, to stand a chance to be one of fans going to Japan, contract and PayAsYouGo customers need to sign-up, upgrade or recharge on qualifying MTN products. In doing so, they will receive automatic entries into a draw to join the Boks in Japan. The more you spend, the more entries you get into the draw.
In addition, MTN customers will earn “Kicks” to stand the chance to win daily and weekly prizes including data, voice minutes and Springbok memorabilia.
To play or check entries on Kick & Win, go to mtnkickandwin.co.za, dial *156*083# or use MyMTN App from 06 June 2019 until 31 August 2019.
The World Cup Boks campaign was shot in Jozi and will go live this Sunday.
Boks will depart two-weeks prior to the WC kick-off for friendly games in Japan, to acclamatise and get used to the environment.
The WC begins from September 20 to November 2, 2019.
Image (MTN’s Mapula Bodibe says they‘re behind the team wherever they are as they prepare for WC spectacle).