One Team, One Country

I watched a little bit of the ESPYs tonight and saw the remarkable story of the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa.

Here’s a description from Variety.com:

“Mandela, freed from 27 years in prison and elected president, decided to get behind South Africa’s Springboks team when the country was selected as host country for the 1985 Rugby World Cup…. The majority of blacks viewed the team as a symbol of exclusion, but they rooted along with white countrymen as the Springboks won in overtime against New Zealand to capture the Cup.”

Variety goes on to report that this moment will be made into a film starring Matt Damon and directed by Clint Eastwood.

What a great story of reconciliation and the power of sports to bring people together!

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  • Sam.

    Yeah, this was an amazing story. As a big rugby fan I watched it all unfold at the time. It was undoubtedly a key moment in South Africa’s history.

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  • Cs7swimming

    It was the 1995 world cup

  • Cs7swimming

    Also do u know who said the quote “one team, one country” ?

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