South Africa unites with 1995 Rugby World Cup win: CNN World Sport at 25

It was the image that defined South Africa's seismic shift.President Nelson Mandela wearing the green...

Posted: Nov. 29, 2018 4:17 PM
Updated: Nov. 29, 2018 4:17 PM

It was the image that defined South Africa's seismic shift.

President Nelson Mandela wearing the green Springbok jersey to greet victorious captain Francois Pienaar after South Africa won the 1995 Rugby World Cup was a sign of the changing times following by the recent end of apartheid.

Africa

Continents and regions

Rugby

Rugby events

Rugby World Cup

South Africa

Southern Africa

Sports and recreation

Sports events

Oceania

New Zealand

Political Figures - Intl

Nelson Mandela

Society

Societal issues

Discrimination

Racism and racial discrimination

South Africa had been excluded from the first two World Cups because of the racial segregation in place since 1948, and the 1995 event was the first major tournament hosted by a unified South Africa.

While the country was still fractured, Mandela's gesture of reconciliation and attempt to cross the cultural divide after South Africa's 15-12 win over New Zealand made waves around the world.

Watch CNN World Sport's report from 1995 at the top of the page.

Article Comments

West Lafayette
Overcast
52° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 52°
Kokomo
Overcast
50° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 50°
Rensselaer
Overcast
48° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 48°
Fowler
Overcast
48° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 48°
Williamsport
Overcast
48° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 46°
Crawfordsville
Overcast
48° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 43°
Frankfort
Overcast
53° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 53°
Delphi
Overcast
50° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 48°
Monticello
Overcast
50° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 48°
Logansport
Overcast
50° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 50°
Rain returns tomorrow.
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Community Events