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JOHANNESBURG - JUNE 24:  The South African Team celebrate after winning the Rugby World Cup final between South Africa and New Zealand held on June 24, 1995 at Ellis Park in Johannesburg, South Africa.  South Africa won the match 15-12.  (Photo by Getty Images)
Sanjay DevaCorrespondent IJuly 28, 2009

The 1995 World Champions, The Springboks: One team, One country. 

 

The 1995 Rugby World Cup final against the All Blacks was the most important day in South African rugby history. It was a momentous day, inspired from above, and the effect on our great nation was unbelievable.

Throughout the tournament South Africa was guided by a higher power as it beat many of the major rugby nations: Australia, France, and, finally, the All Blacks.

To see Nelson Mandela in the Springbok jersey, handing over the William Webb Ellis trophy to the Springbok captain was an unbelievable occasion in South African history. Madiba thanked Francois Pienaar for his contribution, but we are all indebted to the great man for his role in rescuing South Africa.

It made people proud to be South African. It showed how great our nation can be, how the colour lines can be broken. People were not black, not white—just dynamite!

The 1995 Rugby World Cup, where the Springboks defied the odds and became the World Champions, is to be made into a feature film. Watching this short clip brings back memories of that great day.

It recreates tears of joy, ignites the pride and passion of South Africans, and above all, gives us the hope that the South Africa we all strive for can become our reality.

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