Imagine having such unwavering faith in the Springboks that you decided to get a tattoo of the Webb Ellis Cup, along with the winning date, on your arm well over a year before the 2023 Rugby World Cup final.
While much post-South Africa’s Rugby World Cup victory has revolved around Damien Willemse’s ‘cheeky’ tattoo, there’s another equally significant tattoo, even though it’s in a less risqué spot. This particular tattoo managed to predict the Boks’ victory 15 months before the final.
The proud owner of this remarkable tattoo is Gavin Ross, a Durban North resident and member of the Crusaders Athletics Club. In July 2022, Ross found himself in the resort town of Marmaris, Türkiye, when the idea of getting the Webb Ellis Cup tattoo came to him.
“I had a tattoo on my arm that I wanted to cover up, and I always thought of having the Webb Ellis Cup trophy on my body. I was on holiday in Türkiye when the opportunity presented itself. I happened to walk past a tattoo shop when the thought occurred. I can’t lie, there were a few beers involved,” Ross humorously explains.
After requesting a price quote, Ross found the cost quite reasonable. Initially, he wasn’t planning to include the year 2023 in the tattoo. However, as the tattoo artist progressed, he boldly decided to go all the way. With a background in rugby and a strong history of supporting the Springboks, Ross’s confidence in their potential victory was unwavering. The entire tattoo took approximately an hour to complete.
Ross fondly recalls, “The most challenging part of the process was actually the language barrier. I used his computer to design the piece, so my most significant takeaway or piece of advice for those considering getting a tattoo is to avoid getting them in countries where language barriers exist.”
Upon returning to South Africa, Ross encountered disbelief from his friends and clubmates, who initially mistook it for a henna tattoo.
In addition to his Webb Ellis Cup tattoo, Ross proudly sports a map of Africa on his left shoulder, with South Africa marked in green, demonstrating his deep connection to the country.
Ross is not the only fearless Springboks fan. Content creator Grant Mark Renecle, known as Clean Cut Skolly on social media, made headlines on X (formerly Twitter) for tattooing the Webb Ellis Cup, with the Springboks as the 2023 winners, on his thigh ahead of the final match.
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