When Siya Kolisi lifted the Webb Ellis trophy a year ago in Japan, Nolusindiso Booi was among those celebrating the country’s third Rugby World Cup success.
Also known as Cindy Booi, the 35-year-old – who remembers being transfixed throughout the final – is captain of the Springboks Women.
“It was a great moment for everyone in South Africa,” she told Sportshour on the BBC World Service. “We were very happy because it was something huge.”
There was also real hope that the men’s triumph would help create a women’s professional league in South Africa, where the women’s game is still amateur.
But twelve months on, progress has been slow.
“We’re getting better day by day, but hopefully it’s something that will happen,” she patiently says. “We still need to have sponsors since we are still amateur. We’re still developing.” (BBC)