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

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 team captain. Hook felt the racially divided country really came together to celebrate the rugby win and was moved to see that the national anthem was sung in the three common languages spoken in South Africa: Zulu, Afrikaan, and English.

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