1995 Rugby World Cup
‘Sport Does Play a Part in Politics’

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Irish broadcaster George Hook remembers being very moved during the 1995 Rugby World Cup game when South Africa defeated New Zealand and the newly elected first black South African president, Nelson Mandela, came out into the stadium in a South African Springboks team jersey to hand the trophy to the … Continue reading

1995 Rugby World Cup
‘One Team, One Country’

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South African rugby captain Francois Pienaar during the 1995 Rugby World Cup describes Nelson Mandela’s aura and many virtues: “He’s such a humble person.” Pienaar says Mandela, also known as “Madiba,” would often phone him during the ’95 Rugby World Cup game in order to check-in with the team and … Continue reading