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For your information: International Rugby World Cup Timeline 1983-2011

Francois Pienaar receives the Rugby World Cup from Nelson Mandela in 1995. (Getty Images)

THE INVOLVEMENT of the South African national rugby team, the Springboks, in international rugby is rife with controversy. In the 1960s, as international criticism of apartheid grew, the Springboks became increasingly isolated in the international arena as they were seen as representatives of the apartheid government. The 1976 All Blacks (New Zealand’s national rugby team) tour of South Africa, which occurred shortly after the Sharpeville Massacre, attracted strong international condemnation that resulted in 28 countries boycotting the 1976 Summer Olympics. Continue reading


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