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The Sideline Story

Hope, the Springboks’ most powerful weapon

On June 24, 1995, what is likely the most iconic image in rugby history was captured in Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg. Then-President of South Africa Nelson Mandela stood proudly on the podium congratulating then-Springboks captain Francois Pienaar, an Afrikaaner man, before handing him the Webb Ellis Rugby World Cup trophy.

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