Springbok supporters will have to wait a little longer to welcome all their Bok heroes at home at OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg on Tuesday, as one of the Springboks’ flights has been delayed.

The Springbok squad will travel in two groups from Japan with coach Rassie Erasmus, captain Siya Kolisi and several other players expected to land at 4:30 pm. However, this flight from Japan via Sydney to Australia was delayed for technical reasons and is now expected at around 7pm.

However, fans need not worry as the first flight with players like Pieter-Steph du Toit, Duane Vermeulen, Cheslin Kolbe and Makazole Mapimpi is expected to land on time. That group will then find their way through customs to a media conference scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

The second group will join the first group at approximately 20:00 once they have landed.

All the players will also make a brief public appearance at the airport.

Gautrain has meanwhile announced that all Springbok supporters in a Springbok shirt can travel to and from the airport free of charge with any Gautrain station from any Gautrain station to see their Bok heroes alive.

“After the Springboks’ incredible victory in the Rugby World Cup, Gautrain decided to celebrate this glorious achievement by offering free rides to all Springbok supporters so that they could welcome the team at the OR Tambo International Airport,” says Jack van der Merwe, chief executive of the Gautrain management agency.

These free rides are valid from 13:30 to 15:30 and 18:00 to 20:00. It is not clear whether Gautrain will adjust these times due to the sudden flight delay.