Springboks (South Africa) News

Should South Africa's national rugby team reflect the colors of the country or its players?

Green and blacks: Should South Africa's national rugby team reflect the colors of the country or its players?

When Nelson Mandela strode onto a field in 1995—a year after the birth of South Africa’s democracy—images of him wearing the green and gold of the national rugby team became a stirring symbol of his commitment to racial unity.

The complete South African Rugby World Cup 2015 squad. Photograph: Rajesh Jantilal/AFP/Getty Images

South Africa addicted to drama over the race of their rugby squad: Kaya Malotana

“Kaya! You can’t score in your own goal. As a keeper you are supposed to pick the ball up!” The voice belonged to my uncle, shouting during a game of street soccer in Zwartwater, Lady Frere, Transkei.

Nelson Mandela (L) and members of South Africa's rugby team, after the team won the 1995 Rugby World Cup

South Africa's national rugby team is a metaphor for a nation's slow progress on racial equality

Under Apartheid, white minority rule segregated all aspects of life in South Africa. There were separate education system for blacks and whites, separate public amenities, and even separate sporting codes.

Cobus Visagie looks to pass the ball during Springbok training in Cape Town in 2001. Source: Touchline Photo/ALLSPORT/Getty Images

Big-tackling ex-Springbok rugby player Cobus Visagie starts Africa fund

Cobus Visagie recalls making 18 tackles the day South Africa’s national rugby team kicked its way into the World Cup record books to defeat England.