South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa has tweeted his congratulations to the Springboks following their historic victory over the All Blacks in Wellington on Saturday.

Rassie Erasmus’ Boks beat their fiercest rivals 36-34 for their first win in New Zealand since 2009.

Ramaphosa wrote: A job very well done by our Springboks for the fierce fight and victory against the tough All Blacks. The determination you demonstrated today, away from home, is beyond fulfilling. Our team showed true character from start to finish. Continue to fly the flag, you make us proud.

The win also kept alive the Boks hopes of a first ever Rugby Championship victory after the closed the gap to six points with two matches to play.

The Boks welcome the Wallabies to Port Elizabeth on Saturday, September 29 for their next match, and will face the All Blacks in Pretoria a week later.