Welsh fans managed to gatecrash South Africa rugby team’s victory party

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Welsh rugby fans gatcrashed South Africa world cup celebrations
Englishman Paul Martin and his Welsh pals finished their visit to Tokyo in style (Picture: Media Wales)

An England supporter and his four mates from Wales walked straight in to the Springboks’ Rugby World Cup victory party and had an absolute blast.

Hours after their 32-12 victory in Yokohama, South Africa’s players and staff savoured every moment back in their Tokyo hotel.

Not feeling too dejected by his country’s defeat, Paul Martin and his pals ended up joining them, posing for selfies and mingling until 4.30am.

Proud Kidwelly RFC supporter Steve Williams, his son and team captain Jonathan joined the lone Englishman along with Caerleon player Jordan Davies and Clwb Rygbi Caerdydd’s Samiwel Davies.

Paul, who attended both semi-finals, said the group had been staying in the hotel next door to South Africa’s Tokyo team base and had been bumping into players all week ahead of Saturday’s crunch match.

Paul Martin of Kidwelly joined members of the South Africa team for some post World cup celebrations. Paul is pictured with South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus (white shirt).
Durham-born Paul poses with South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus (Picture: Media Wales)

As the tournament came to a close, the group decided to return to the ‘Boks’ hotel for a nightcap – Kidwelly RFC flag in hand.

Paul said: ‘We were down in the bar and it closed, so we just grabbed our bucket of beers and went upstairs and mingled.

‘There was a party upstairs and we just kind of walked in. It was mad, really, but we’ve laughed about it today.

‘I was there in my England jersey but they were great. I’ve got over the disappointment of losing.

Paul Martin of Kidwelly joined members of the South Africa team for some post World cup celebrations. Paul is pictured with World Player of the Year Pieter-Steph du Toit.
The Kidwelly resident met World Player of the Year Pieter-Steph du Toit (Picture: Media Wales)

‘We were talking to them and they were very appreciative of the World Cup.’

The group posed for pictures and rubbed shoulders with coach Rassie Erasmus, captain Siya Kolisi and World Rugby’s player of the year, Pieter-Steph du Toit.

Speaking from the departures lounge of Tokyo Airport on Sunday, he added: ‘There were just generally mingling and having photos with everybody.

‘They were great, fantastic. It was the icing on the cake.’

Paul Martin of Kidwelly joined members of the South Africa team for some post World cup celebrations. Paul is pictured with South Africa captain Siya Kolisi.
In a good show of sportsmanship, Paul gets a picture with South Africa captain Siya Kolisi (Picture: Media Wales)

He says people on social media were dying to know how they blagged their way in.

Paul was born in Durham but has called Kidwelly his home for decades.

‘I’ve been having some funny looks because I’ve got a west Walian accent and I’ve got my England jersey.


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