Springboks player Damian Willemse has been praised for his message of hope to childhood friend Benje Momberg, who was recently shot and left paralysed following an armed attack.
The famous flyhalf dedicated the team’s win against Romania in their second Rugby World Cup game to the Cape Town businessman.
The Boks will play Ireland next on Saturday, 23 September.
DAMIAN WILLEMSE DEDICATES WIN TO FRIEND
In an Instagram post a day after the Springboks victory, Damian Willemse revealed that his stellar performance was dedicated to his childhood friend Benje Momberg.
He shared in a touching tribute: “I would like to dedicate this win to you, my friend Benje. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your friends & family. Stay strong, my bro!”
Both Damian and Benje attended the Paul Roose Gymnasium school in Stellenbosch. During the game, Damian wore an armband with Benje’s name on it.
According to Find It, Benje Momberg was shot by armed robbers at the Van Der Stel pub earlier this month.
Momberg (25) – son of winemaker Ben Momberg – was shot in the spine and was left paralysed after the attack.
PRAISE FOR ‘CLASSY’ SPRINGBOKS STAR
Following the move, a family friend of Benje Momberg praised Damian Willemse for his kind and thoughtful message.
Brenden Nel tweeted: “He wrote Benje’s name on his arm. He played for him and sent a message the only way he could.
“The smallest gesture meant so much. This is class. This is why these players mean so much. They will never shout it out to the rooftops but they are class. Thank you”
And many Springbok fans were in agreement with Nel’s sentiments.
@Praetor27138537: “This is why we love rugby and the Springboks. They’re the best of us, and when they win, we win. No matter our struggles, when they win, if only for a moment, it seems as though all is right with the world”
@KFwines: “Such an awesome response to such a sad occasion. Well done guys – love you”.