South African rugby has joined human rights groups and the government in condemning the continuing xenophobic violence against foreigners in townships in the country.
The Springboks have spoken with one voice to condemn the ongoing xenophobic attacks plaguing South Africa, a team statement said.
At a team meeting on Friday, the squad unanimously voted to put out a statement expressing their views on the violence and to urge all South Africans to exercise tolerance and restraint.
"We, the Springboks, are horrified by the ongoing xenophobic attacks upon innocent people," read the statement.
"We, the Springboks, are disappointed that the perpetrators of such bigotry are our fellow South Africans.
"We, the Springboks, urge every citizen of our great land to rediscover the spirit of reconciliation upon which every achievement in the last 14 years - including our two World Cup triumphs - have been built."