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Encyclopedia > South Africa national rugby union team
South Africa
Union South African Rugby Union
Nickname(s) Springboks, Springbokke,
Amabokoboko
Emblem(s) the Springbok and the Protea
Coach Jake White[1][2]
Captain Flag of South Africa John Smit
Most caps Percy Montgomery (94)
Top scorer Percy Montgomery (873)
Most tries Joost van der Westhuizen (38)
Team colours
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First international
South Africa 4 - 0 British Isles
(30 July 1891)
Largest win
South Africa  Flag of South Africa 134 - 3 Flag of Uruguay Uruguay
(11 June 2005)
Worst defeat
Flag of England England 53 - 3 South Africa  Flag of South Africa
(23rd November, 2002)
World Cup
Appearances 4 (First in 1995)
Best result Champions, 1995 and 2007
Flag of South Africa

The Springboks (or Springbokke in Afrikaans and Amabokoboko in Zulu), as the South Africa national rugby union team is commonly referred to, are ranked number one in the world and are the reigning Rugby World Cup champions, having defeated England 15–6 in the 2007 Rugby World Cup final. The Springboks compete annually in the Tri Nations alongside the New Zealand All Blacks and Australia's Wallabies, as well as in other international competitions such as the Rugby World Cup. Image File history File links Bok-logo. ... The South African Rugby Union (SARU) is the governing body for rugby union in South Africa and is affiliated to the International Rugby Board. ... Binomial name (Zimmermann, 1780) Range map For other meanings of Springbok, see Springbok The Springbok (Afrikaans and Dutch: spring = jump; bok = antelope, deer, or goat) (Antidorcas marsupialis) is a small brown and white gazelle that stands about 75 cm high. ... Species See text Protea is both the botanical name and the English common name of a genus of flowering plants, sometimes also called sugarbushes. ... Jake White (born 3 November 1963 in Johannesburg) is a South African rugby union coach. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Africa. ... John William Smit (born 3 April 1978 in Pietersburg, South Africa) is the 51st and current captain of the South African national rugby union team, the Springboks. ... A cap is an appearance for a select team, such as a school, county or international team in sports. ... Percival Colin Percy Montgomery (born 15 March 1974 in Walvis Bay, Cape Province, South Africa (now Walvis Bay, Namibia)) is a rugby player who currently plays as a fullback for the Springboks, for the Natal Sharks in the domestic Currie Cup, and for the Sharks in Super 14. ... Percival Colin Percy Montgomery (born 15 March 1974 in Walvis Bay, Cape Province, South Africa (now Walvis Bay, Namibia)) is a rugby player who currently plays as a fullback for the Springboks, for the Natal Sharks in the domestic Currie Cup, and for the Sharks in Super 14. ... Joost van der Westhuizen (born 20 February 1971) is a former South African rugby union player who was the Springboks first choice scrum half in the late 1990s. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Kit_right_arm_SA_green. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... socks of kit template File links The following pages link to this file: Arsenal F.C. Ajax Amsterdam AZ Alkmaar A.S. Roma Torino Calcio A.C. Milan ACF Fiorentina Bristol City F.C. Charlton Athletic F.C. Chievo Verona Chelsea F.C. England national football team Wikipedia:WikiProject Football... 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First international (also the worlds first)  Scotland 4–1 England  (27 March 1871) Largest win  England 134–0 Romania  (17 November 2001) Worst defeat  Australia 76–0 England  (6 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 6 (First in 1987) Best result Champions, 2003 The England national rugby union team represents... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Africa. ... (Redirected from 23rd November) November 23 is the 327th day of the year (328th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 38 days remaining. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... For the rugby league competition, see Rugby League World Cup. ... The 1995 Rugby World Cup was the third Rugby World Cup. ... The 1995 Rugby World Cup was the third Rugby World Cup. ... The 2007 Rugby World Cup is the sixth Rugby World Cup, a quadrennial international rugby union world championship inaugurated in 1987. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Africa. ... 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Although South Africa was instrumental in the creation of the Rugby World Cup competition, the Springboks did not compete in the first two World Cups in the 1987 and 1991 due to anti-Apartheid sports boycotts of South Africa. The team made its World Cup debut in 1995, when the recently unified nation of South Africa hosted the tournament. The Springboks defeated the All Blacks 15-12 in the 1995 World Cup final, which is now remembered as one of the greatest moments in South Africa's sporting history, and a watershed moment in the post Apartheid relationship building process. The first Rugby World Cup took place in New Zealand and Australia in 1987, and was won by New Zealand. ... This article is about the mens Rugby World Cup held in 1991. ... Anti-Apartheid Movement, originally known as the Boycott Movement, was a British organization that was at the center of the international movement opposing South Africas system of apartheid and supporting South Africas Blacks. ... The 1995 Rugby World Cup was the third Rugby World Cup. ...


South Africa has emerged as champions in the 2007 World Cup final over England, preventing England from becoming the first team to successfully defend a title. As a result of their World Cup Final victory, the Springboks were promoted to first position in the IRB World Rankings (as at 2007-10-22) with a rating of 90.89; the first time that they have occupied the primary rank. The IRB World Rankings is a ranking system for mens national teams in rugby union. ...


The Springboks play in green and gold jerseys, and their emblems are the Springbok and the Protea. The side have been playing international rugby since 1891, when a British Isles side toured the nation, playing South Africa in their first Test on 30th July. South Africa is currently seeking a new coach as Jake White, who led the Boks to the 2007 World Cup title, announced his resignation effective at the end of 2007. It remains to be seen if the World Cup captain, John Smit, will continue with the team, as he is now playing in the French league. Binomial name (Zimmermann, 1780) Range map For other meanings of Springbok, see Springbok The Springbok (Afrikaans and Dutch: spring = jump; bok = antelope, deer, or goat) (Antidorcas marsupialis) is a small brown and white gazelle that stands about 75 cm high. ... Species See text Protea is both the botanical name and the English common name of a genus of flowering plants, sometimes also called sugarbushes. ... First match Otago 3 - 8 Great Britain (28 April 1888) Largest win Manawatu 6 - 109 British & Irish Lions (28 June 2005) Worst defeat New Zealand 38 - 6 Lions (16 July 1983) The British and Irish Lions (until 2001 known as the British Isles Rugby Union Team or more colloquially the... Jake White (born 3 November 1963 in Johannesburg) is a South African rugby union coach. ... John William Smit (born 3 April 1978 in Pietersburg, South Africa) is the 51st and current captain of the South African national rugby union team, the Springboks. ... The Top 14 is a rugby union club competition which is played throughout France. ...

Contents

History

Early years

When Canon George Oglivie became headmaster of Diocesan College in Cape Town in 1861, he introduced the game of football, as played at Winchester School. This version of football, which included handling, is seen as the beginnings of rugby in South Africa.[3] Soon, the young gentlemen of Cape Town joined in and the first match in South Africa took place between the "Officers of the Army" and the "Gentlemen of the Civil Service" at Green Point in Cape Town in 1862 and ended as a 0-0 draw. The local press reported a series of football matches between scratch sides "Town v Suburbs" or "Home v Colonial-born". The Diocesan College, or Bishops as it is more commonly known, is a private, all-boys school situated in the leafy suburb of Rondebosch in Cape Town, South Africa. ... Nickname: Motto: Spes Bona (Latin for Good Hope) Location of the City of Cape Town in Western Cape Province Coordinates: , Country Province Municipality City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality Founded 1652 Government [1]  - Type City council  - Mayor Helen Zille  - City manager Achmat Ebrahim Area  - City 2,499 km²  (964. ... Winchester College is a public school situated in the city of Winchester in Hampshire, in the south of England. ... Nickname: Motto: Spes Bona (Latin for Good Hope) Location of the City of Cape Town in Western Cape Province Coordinates: , Country Province Municipality City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality Founded 1652 Government [1]  - Type City council  - Mayor Helen Zille  - City manager Achmat Ebrahim Area  - City 2,499 km²  (964. ...


Rugby began to be played in the Cape colony around 1875, the following year the first rugby (as opposed to Winchester football) club was formed. Former England international William Henry Milton arrived in Cape Town in 1878. He joined the Villagers club and started playing and preaching rugby. By the end of that year Cape Town had all but abandoned the Winchester game in favour of rugby. British colonists helped spread the game through the Eastern Cape, Natal and along the gold and diamond routes to Kimberley and Johannesburg. British troops would also play a key role in spreading the game throughout the country. Match around 1840. ... William Henry Milton (3 December 1854 - 6 March 1930) was South Africas second cricket captain. ... Capital Bhisho Largest city Port Elizabeth Premier Nosimo Balindlela Area - Total Ranked 2nd 169,580 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 3rd 6,436,761 38/km² Languages Xhosa (83%) Afrikaans (9. ... Natal is a former British colony, and a South African province. ... The Big Hole, a prominent tourist attraction in Kimberley Kimberley is a town in South Africa, and the capital of the Northern Cape. ... This article is about the city in South Africa. ...


In 1887, the Stellenbosch club was formed in the farming district outside Cape Town. Rugby was enthusiastically adopted by the young Boers. The game was strong enough in the Western Cape for the Western Province Rugby Football Union to be formed that same year. Griqualand West followed in 1886, Eastern Province in 1888, and Transvaal in 1889. The South African Rugby Board was founded during the same year. The first nationwide tournament was held at Kimberley in 1889, with the Western Province prevailing over Griqualand West, Eastern Province and Transvaal. Capital Cape Town Largest city Cape Town Premier Ebrahim Rasool Area - Total Ranked 4th 129,370 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 5th 4,524,335 35/km² Elevation Highest point: Seweweekspoort Peak at 2325 meters (7628 feet) Lowest point: sea level Languages Afrikaans (55. ... The South African Rugby Board was the governing body of white rugby in South Africa between 1889 and 1992. ...


First internationals

England v Cape Colony, 1891, The first match of the Bill MacLagan undefeated British Isles tour of South Africa.

The first-ever British Isles tour took place in 1891, with the trip financially underwritten by Cecil Rhodes and President Kruger of the Transvaal Republic. These were the first representative games played by South African sides, who were still learning the game. The tourists played and won a total of twenty matches, conceding only one try in the process. Three games played against regional sides were considered tests, although "South Africa" did not exist as a political unit in 1910. In a notable event of the tour, the British side presented the Currie Cup to Griqualand West, the province they thought produced the best performance on the tour. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... First match Otago 3 - 8 Great Britain (28 April 1888) Largest win Manawatu 6 - 109 British & Irish Lions (28 June 2005) Worst defeat New Zealand 38 - 6 Lions (16 July 1983) The British and Irish Lions (until 2001 known as the British Isles Rugby Union Team or more colloquially the... Cecil Rhodes Cecil John Rhodes, PC, DCL, (July 5, 1853 – March 26, 1902[1]) was a British-born South African businessman, mining magnate, and politician. ... The South African Republic (Dutch: Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek), often informally known as the Transvaal Republic, not to be confused with the Republic of South Africa, occupied the area later known as the province of Transvaal, first from 1857 to 1877, and again, after a successful Afrikaner rebellion against British rule... This article refers to the use of the word Try in rugby football terminology. ... For the cricket competition originally known as the Currie Cup, see SuperSport Series. ... The Griqua are a subgroup of South Africas Coloured population, descended from an admixture of European settlers and the Khoisan peoples they encountered on their initial arrival at the Cape. ...


The British Isles' success continued on their 21 game tour of 1896. The British Isles won three out of the four tests against South Africa. South Africa's play improved markedly from 1891. Their forwards were particularly impressive, and their first Test win in the final game was a pointer to the future. For the first time South Africa had worn myrtle green shirts, which their captain, Barry Heatlie, borrowed from his Old Diocesian club. Rugby was given a huge boost by the early Lions tours, which created great interest in the South African press.


Rugby was so popular that in 1902 there was a temporary ceasefire in the Second Boer War so that a game could be played between British and Boer forces[citation needed]. The game had spread amongst the Afrikaner population through POW games during the Boer War, and afterwards Stellenbosch University became a training ground for future players and administrators. Combatants British Empire Orange Free State South African Republic Commanders Sir Redvers Buller Lord Kitchener Lord Roberts Paul Kruger Louis Botha Koos de la Rey Martinus Steyn Christiaan de Wet Casualties 6,000 - 7,000 (A further ~14,000 from disease) 6,000 - 8,000 (Unknown number from disease) Civilians... Geneva Convention definition A prisoner of war (POW) is a soldier, sailor, airman, or marine who is imprisoned by an enemy power during or immediately after an armed conflict. ... Stellenbosch University (Afrikaans: Universiteit van Stellenbosch) is an internationally recognised university which is situated in the town of Stellenbosch, South Africa. ...


In 1903 the British Isles lost a series for the first time in South Africa, drawing the opening two Tests before losing the last 8-0. In all, they won just 11 of their 22 tour games. By contrast, South Africa would not lose another series - home or away - until 1956. In the final Test South Africa wore the green Old Diocesan shirts that had brought them luck in their 1896 win. The jersey was thereafter adopted as the official team kit.


Springboks

Paul Roos, Springbok Captain, of the first South African touring rugby team to the British Isles in 1906.
The 1906 Springboks team.

Paul Roos was the captain of the first Springbok team, which was largely dominated by players from the Western Province. The first tour of Britain took place in 1906/7 and took in 29 matches. England managed a draw, but Scotland was the only one of the Home unions to gain a victory. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 517 pixel Image in higher resolution (846 × 547 pixel, file size: 35 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) 1906 Springboks rugby team. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 517 pixel Image in higher resolution (846 × 547 pixel, file size: 35 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) 1906 Springboks rugby team. ... Paul J. Roos (1878 - 19??) (also known as Oom Polla - Afrikaans for Uncle Polla) was the first South African Springbok rugby union captain and led the first South African rugby union team to tour overseas - to Britain in 1906. ...


During this tour the nickname 'Springboks' was first used. At an impromptu meeting, the tour manager, officials and Paul Roos invented the nickname to prevent the British press from coining their own nickname. Roos told newspaper reporters that they were to call the team 'De Springbokken'. The Daily Mail then printed an article referring to the 'Springboks'. The team thereafter wore blazers with a springbok on the left breast pocket. The trip helped heal wounds after the Boer War and instilled a sense of national pride among South Africans. The Daily Mail and its Sunday edition the Mail on Sunday are British newspapers, first published in 1896. ...


The South Africans crossed the channel to play an unofficial match against a 'France' team drawn from the two Parisian clubs: Stade Français and Racing Club de France. The official French team were in England at the time. The Springboks won 55-6 and scored 13 tries in the process. Stade Français CASG Paris is a French rugby union club that plays in the 16th arrondissement of Paris at Stade Jean-Bouin, across the road from Parc des Princes. ... Racing Métro 92 Paris is a French rugby union club that was formed in 2001 with the collaboration of the Racing Club de France and US Métro. ...


The 1911 British Isles tour of South Africa was the first to include representatives from all four Home unions. The team performed moderately against the non-test parties, claiming victories in just over half their matches. The tourists won just one of their three Tests.


The Boks' second European tour took place in 1912/13. They beat the four Home nations to earn their first Grand Slam and also went on to defeat France. The Home Nations is a name to collectively describe the four nations of the United Kingdom: the countries of England, Scotland and Wales, and the province of Northern Ireland. ... A Grand Slam can be completed in two ways in rugby union. ...


Historically the term 'Springbok' was applied to any team or individual representing South Africa in international competition regardless of sporting discipline. This tradition was abandoned with the advent of South Africa's new democratic government in 1994.


Inter war

The 1924 Scarborough team were ravaged by injuries and let down by poor kicking. They won only nine of 21 games, including defeat in all four tests. A game against the Western Province had test status. Despite the sorry tour record the public agreed that it had been a fantastic test series with some thrilling rugby.


The Springboks and the All Blacks started a famous rivalry in 1921. The Springboks' tour of New Zealand was tense and competitive, with the test series being drawn. The All Blacks first toured South Africa in 1928, and again the test series finished level. In 1937 South Africa broke the deadlock with a series win in New Zealand and also in Australia. Only in 1996 did New Zealand finally win its first series in the Republic, under Sean Fitzpatrick's captaincy.


The Springbok tourists of 1931-2 were an unloved team. They had a jumbo pack and a kicking fly-half in captain Benny Osler. They steamrollered the opposition, winning their second Grand Slam. A strong Welsh side was beaten 8-3 at St Helen's with Danie Craven enjoying a superb debut at scrum-half. Danie Craven (Daniël Hartman Craven) (11 October 1910 - 4 January 1994) is a former Western Province, Eastern Province, Northern Transvaal and Springbok Rugby Union player as well as arguably South Africas best and most well-known rugby administrator ever. ...


The British Isles toured South Africa again in 1938, winning more than half of their normal matches. The Springboks easily claimed the first two tests. But the tourists recorded a surprise win in the third and last test, the first Lions win in South Africa since 1910.


Post-War Era

Danie Craven was appointed coach in 1949, and started his coaching career with a bang. The Springboks won 10 matches in a row, including a 4-0 whitewash of New Zealand on their 1949 tour to South Africa. The 1951/52 team, considered by many to be the finest Springbok side to tour, swept the board and won the Grand Slam while playing exciting rugby. Hennie Muller took over the captaincy after Basil Kenyon suffered a serious eye injury. They also beat France as they won 30 of 31 matches on tour. Danie Craven (Daniël Hartman Craven) (11 October 1910 - 4 January 1994) is a former Western Province, Eastern Province, Northern Transvaal and Springbok Rugby Union player as well as arguably South Africas best and most well-known rugby administrator ever. ... Hendrik Scholtz Vosloo Muller (born 26 March 1922 in Witbank), usually known as Hennie Muller is a former South African rugby union footballer. ...


During their 1955 tour to South Africa, the Lions won 19 and drew 1 from the 25 fixtures. The four-test series ended in a draw. In 1956 New Zealand won its first ever series over the Springboks, under the captaincy of Bob Duff. Surprise selection Don Clarke from Waikato, nicknamed 'the Boot', kicked the decisive penalties in the final games, Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... Waikato is the name of a region in the North Island of New Zealand. ...


1960s

Even before the apartheid laws were passed after 1948, sporting teams going to South Africa had felt it necessary to exclude non-white players. New Zealand rugby teams in particular had done this, and the exclusion of George Nepia and Jimmy Mill from the 1928 All Blacks tour[1], and the dropping of "Ranji" Wilson from the New Zealand Army team nine years before that, had attracted little comment at the time. However in 1960 international criticism of apartheid grew in the wake of the The Wind of Change speech and the Sharpeville massacre. A segregated beach in South Africa, 1982. ... George Nepia (1905/1908? - 1986) was a famous Maori rugby and rugby league player. ... Ranji Wilson, born 18 May 1886 (as Nathaniel Arthur Wilson) in Christchurch, New Zealand was an early All Black. ... A segregated beach in South Africa, 1982. ... The Wind of Change speech was a historically-important address made by British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan to the Parliament of South Africa, on 3 February 1960 in Cape Town. ... The Sharpeville massacre, also known as the Sharpeville shootings, occurred on March 21, 1960, when South African police opened fire on a crowd of black protesters. ...


From this point onward, the Springboks were increasingly the target of international controversy and protest.


The All Blacks toured in 1960, despite a campaign based on the slogan of "No Maoris, No Tour"[2], and a 150,000 signature petition opposing it. The Springboks took the series, with two wins, and loss and a draw.


Later that same year the Springboks themselves toured, and led by Avril Malan they defeated all four Home unions for their fourth Grand Slam. On a four-month, 34-game sweep through Europe they played a ruthless, forward-oriented game in which intimidation was a key part, and opposition players suffered a string of controversial injuries. However they lost their final game 6-0 against the Barbarians in Cardiff, beaten when perhaps the best Barbarians' pack ever, played an uncharacteristically pragmatic game.


In 1962 the British Isles, now known as the Lions, won 16 of their 25 games on their tour to South Africa, but did not do so well in the tests, losing all three.


South Africa had a disastrous year in 1965, losing on tour to Ireland, Scotland, Australia (twice) and New Zealand (3 times), winning just once against New Zealand.


The planned 1967 tour by the All Blacks was cancelled by the New Zealand Rugby Football Union after the South African government refused to allow Maori players. The New Zealand Rugby Football Union (NZRFU) (also known as the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU)) is the governing body of rugby union in New Zealand. ...


In 1968 the Lions toured and won 15 of their 16 provincial matches, but lost three tests and drew one. Next year the 1969 Springbok tour to Britain and Ireland found a new spirit and confidence had developed in Home nations rugby, and the tourists lost two of their seven games in Wales—against Newport and a composite side from Gwent. Wales nearly claimed their first win against the Springboks as the game ended 6-6. The Springboks lost the test matches against England and Scotland, drawing the one against Ireland. Throughout the tour however, large anti-apartheid demonstrations were a feature, and matches had to be played behind barbed wire fences.


1970s

In 1970 the All Blacks toured South Africa once again—after the 1967 standoff the South African government now agreed to treat Maoris in the team, and Maori spectators, as "honorary whites". The Springboks won the test series 3-1.


The Springbok tour of Australia in 1971 began with matches in Perth, then Adelaide and Melbourne. The Springboks won all three tests, scoring 18-6, 14-6, and 19-11. As in Britain three years before however, massive anti-apartheid demonstrations greeted the team, and they had to be transported by the Australian Air Force after the trade unions refused to service planes or trains transporting them. The 1971 Springbok tour was a controversial six-week rugby union tour by the South African national team to Australia. ...


Although a tour of New Zealand had been planned for 1973, it was blocked by their Prime Minister Norman Kirk on the grounds of public safety[3]. Norman Eric Kirk served as Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1972 until his sudden death in 1974 and led the New Zealand Labour Party from 1965 to 1972. ...


The Lions team that toured South Africa in 1974 led by Willie John McBride was unbeaten over 22 games, and triumphed 3-0 (with one drawn) in the test series—the first Lions test series victory in South Africa. A key feature was the infamous '99 call'. Lions management had decided that the Springboks dominated their opponents with physical aggression, so decided "to get their retaliation in first". At the call of '99' each Lions player would attack their nearest rival player. The idea was that a South African referee would be unlikely to send off all of the Lions. At the "battle of Boet Erasmus Stadium", one of the most violent in rugby history, JPR Williams famously ran over half of the pitch and launched himself at 'Moaner' van Heerden[4] after such a call. Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Willie John McBride, MBE is an Irish rugby player. ... EPRFU Stadium, also known by its original name of Boet Erasmus Stadium, is a stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. ... John Peter Rhys Williams (born 2 March 1949 in Cardiff), known universally as JPR Williams, played rugby union for Wales between 1969 and 1981. ...


The 1976 All Blacks tour of South Africa went ahead, and the Springboks won by three tests to one, but coming shortly after the Soweto riots the tour attracted international condemnation and 28 countries boycotted the 1976 Summer Olympics in protest, and the next year, in 1977, the Commonwealth signed the Gleneagles Agreement, which discouraged any sporting contact with South Africa. Fatally-wounded Hector Pieterson (13), one of the first fatalities, is carried by Mbuyisa Makhubo on June 16, 1976, with Antoinette Pieterson (17) running alongside. ... The 1976 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXI Olympiad, were held in 1976 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... The Gleneagles Agreement was unanimously approved by the Commonwealth of Nations at a meeting at Gleneagles, Auchterarder, Scotland. ...


In response to the growing pressure the segregated South African rugby unions merged in 1977. Four years later Errol Tobias would became the first non-white South African to represent his country when he took the field against Ireland. Errol George Tobias (born 18 March 1950) is a former South African rugby union footballer, the first black man to start a test for the South African national side. ...


A planned 1979 Springbok tour of France was stopped by the French government, who announced that it was inappropriate for South African teams to tour France.


1980s

The Lions toured South Africa in 1980. The team completed a flawless non-test record, winning 14 out of 14 non-test matches on the tour. But they lost the first three tests before winning the last one.


The 1981 tour of New Zealand went ahead in defiance of the Gleneagles Agreement. South Africa lost the series 2-1, but the tour and the massive civil disruption in New Zealand had ramifications far beyond rugby. As an indirect result of this tour, South Africa was banned by the International Rugby Board from international competition until such time as apartheid ended. The 1981 Springbok Tour (still known by many in New Zealand as The Tour) was a controversial tour of New Zealand by the South African Springbok rugby team. ... The Gleneagles Agreement was unanimously approved by the Commonwealth of Nations at a meeting at Gleneagles, Auchterarder, Scotland. ... The IRB logo. ...


South Africa sought to counteract its sporting isolation by inviting the South American Jaguars to tour. Eight matches were played between the two teams in the early 1980s. The South American Jaguars was an international rugby union team consisting of South American players that played during the early 1980s against the South African Springboks. ...


In 1985, a planned All Black tour of South Africa was stopped by the New Zealand High Court. An rebel tour took place the next year by a team known as 'the Cavaliers', consisting of all but 2 of the official squad that had been picked[5], and sometimes advertised inside South Africa as the All Blacks. The Springboks won the series. The High Court of New Zealand was established in 1841 and known as the Supreme Court until 1980. ... The Cavaliers was the name given to the unofficial New Zealand rugby union team which toured South Africa in 1986. ...


In 1989, a World XV sanctioned by the International Rugby Board went on a mini-tour of South Africa. All bar New Zealand supplied players to the team with ten Welshmen, eight Frenchmen, six Australians, four Englishmen, one Scot and one Irishman.


1990s

From 1990 to 1991 the legal apparatus of apartheid was abolished, and the Springboks were readmitted to international rugby in 1992. They initially struggled to return to their previous high standards, and in their first game after readmission the Springboks were defeated 27-24 by New Zealand on 15th August 1992. Ian McIntosh was sacked as national coach following a series defeat to the All Blacks in New Zealand in mid-1994. In October of that year, Kitch Christie accepted an offer to take over from McIntosh. George Moir Christie, better known as Kitch Christie (January 31, 1940 – April 22, 1998), was a South African rugby union coach most famous for leading the countrys national team, the Springboks, to victory at the 1995 Rugby World Cup. ...


After 1994 the newly elected ANC government wanted the Springbok nickname and emblem to be replaced with the Protea, the national flower of South Africa. For many South Africans the Springbok symbolised apartheid. After an intervention by Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president, special dispensation was given to continue using the springbok emblem ahead of the 1995 Rugby World Cup. For political parties with similar names in other countries, see Northern Rhodesian African National Congress and Zambian African National Congress. ... For other people named Mandela, or other uses, see Mandela. ...


There was a remarkable surge of support for the Springboks among the white and black communities in the lead-up to the 1995 Rugby World Cup. This was the first major event to be held in what Archbishop Desmond Tutu had dubbed "the Rainbow Nation." South Africans got behind the 'one team, one country' slogan, but the squad included only one “coloured” player, Chester Williams. The 1995 Rugby World Cup was the third Rugby World Cup. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Chester Williams (born 8 August 1970 in Paarl, Western Province, South Africa) played winger for the South African national rugby union team the Springboks from 1993 to 2000. ...


By the time they hosted the 1995 World Cup, the Springboks were seeded ninth. They defeated Australia, Romania, Canada, Western Samoa and France to play in the final. South Africa won the epic final against New Zealand 15-12 at Ellis Park Stadium. A drop goal by Joel Stransky secured victory in extra-time. The New Zealanders claimed to have been affected by a virulent food poisoning the day before the fixture. Suspicions fell on the South African rugby authorities, a view that continues to this day in New Zealand.[4] [5] The 1995 Rugby World Cup was the third Rugby World Cup. ... First international  Western Samoa 0 - 6 Fiji  (18 August 1924) Largest win  Korea 3 - 74 Western Samoa  (1993) Worst defeat  Australia 73 -3 Western Samoa  (1994) World Cup Appearances 4 (First in 1991) Best result Quarter Finals, 1991, 1995 The national rugby union team of Samoa is called Manu Samoa... Ellis Park Stadium is a stadium in the city of Johannesburg, Gauteng Province, South Africa. ... A drop kick is someones dropping a ball and then kicking it when it bounces off the ground. ... Joel Theodore Stransky (born 16 July 1967) is a former South African rugby union footballer, most notable for scoring the winning drop goal in the 1995 Rugby World Cup final. ...


Black African Nelson Mandela wearing a Springbok shirt presented the trophy to captain Francois Pienaar, a white Afrikaner. The gesture was widely seen as a major step towards the reconciliation of white and black South Africans. SARFU President Louis Luyt caused controversy at the post-match dinner by declaring that the Springboks would have won the previous two World Cups if they had been allowed to compete. The day after the World Cup victory, the Xhosa word for Springbok, Amabokoboko! appeared as the headline of The Sowetan's sports page. For other people named Mandela, or other uses, see Mandela. ... Jacobus Francois Pienaar (born 2 January 1967 in Vereeniging, South Africa) captained and played flanker for the South African national rugby union team, the Springboks from 26 June 1993 until 10 August 1996. ... Louis Luyt was a business tycoon, political maverick and rugby boss. ... The Xhosa (IPA ( )) people are speakers of Bantu languages living in south-east South Africa, and in the last two centuries throughout the southern and central-southern parts of the country. ... The Sowetan is an English language, South African newspaper that started in 1981 as a liberation struggle newspaper and was freely distributed to households in the black township of Soweto, Johannesburg, Gauteng Province. ...

Bobby Skinstad in June 2007.
Bobby Skinstad in June 2007.

A series of crises followed in 1995 through 1997 as it became clear that South African rugby was an unreformed element of the new Rainbow Nation. The team was also struck by tragedy, as Christie, who had led them to victory in all 14 Tests he coached, was forced to resign in 1996 after being diagnosed with leukemia. An on-field slump saw South African sides struggle in the new Super 12 (now the Super 14) and Tri-Nations competitions. In 1996 New Zealand recorded a historic test series winning two games to one. The 1997 Lions completed their South African tour with only two losses in total, winning the Test series two games to one. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Robert Brian Bobby Skinstad (born 3 July 1976 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe) played rugby union in the positions of flanker and eighthman for the South African national rugby team, the Springboks. ... The Super 14 is the largest rugby union football club championship in the southern hemisphere, consisting of provincial teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. ...


Coach Andre Markgraaff quit in 1997 due to a racial comment he made and his successor, Carel du Plessis, got sacked in 1997 and replaced by Nick Mallett. In 1998 Mallett and new captain Gary Teichmann produced a record winning streak, winning 17 consecutive Tests, including the 1998 Tri Nations. In the same year, South Africa mourned as Christie's illness claimed his life. Andre Markgraaff was the Springbok coach for a short time. ... Nicholas Vivian Howard Mallett (born October 30, 1956 at Haileybury, England) played for and later coached the Springboks, South Africas national rugby union team. ... Gary Hamilton Teichmann born in Gwelo, Zimbabwe on the 9th of January 1967 played eighthman for and was the captain of the South African national rugby union team, the Springboks, between 1995 and 1999. ... The Tri Nations Trophy The Tri Nations Series is an annual international rugby union series held between Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. ...


The Springboks entered the 1999 Rugby World Cup competition with little hope. Reverting to a kicking game and forward strength, they showed they were still a force to be reckoned with, losing to eventual champions Australia in a tense semi-final at Twickenham. The 1999 Rugby World Cup, the first to be held in rugby unions professional era,[2] was hosted by Wales, with some matches also played in England, France, Scotland and Ireland. ... Twickenham Stadium (usually known as just Twickenham or Twickers[1]) is a stadium located in Twickenham, a suburb of south-west London (in the historic county of Middlesex). ...


New millennium

Percy Montgomery running the ball for the Springboks against Samoa in 2007.
Percy Montgomery running the ball for the Springboks against Samoa in 2007.

At Twickenham in November 2002 England handed the Boks their worst defeat ever (53-3). During the match, an increasingly frustrated South African side began targeting England players with physical attacks. Match footage appeared to show captain Corné Krige as a leader.[6] In the 2002/3 season, the Springboks also lost by record margins to France, Scotland and New Zealand. They defeated Argentina by only one point, and were easily dispatched in the quarter finals of the 2003 World Cup. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Percival Colin Percy Montgomery (born 15 March 1974 in Walvis Bay, Cape Province, South Africa (now Walvis Bay, Namibia)) is a rugby player who currently plays as a fullback for the Springboks, for the Natal Sharks in the domestic Currie Cup, and for the Sharks in Super 14. ... Twickenham Stadium (usually known as just Twickenham or Twickers[1]) is a stadium located in Twickenham, a suburb of south-west London (in the historic county of Middlesex). ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... First international (also the worlds first)  Scotland 4–1 England  (27 March 1871) Largest win  England 134–0 Romania  (17 November 2001) Worst defeat  Australia 76–0 England  (6 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 6 (First in 1987) Best result Champions, 2003 The England national rugby union team represents... Corné Krige (born 21 March 1975 in Lusaka, Zambia) is a South African rugby union footballer who played flanker for Western Province in the Currie Cup, the Stormers in Super Rugby and the South African national side, the Springboks. ... First international (also the worlds first)  Scotland 4 - 1 England  (27 March 1871) Largest win  Scotland 100 - 8 Japan  (13 November 2004) Worst defeat  Scotland 10 - 68 South Africa  (6 December 1997) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result 4th 1991 The Scotland national rugby union team... The 2003 Rugby World Cup was the fifth rugby union world cup. ...


The buildup to the Boks' 2003 World Cup campaign was tumultuous. During a pre-World Cup training camp, there was a highly publicized dispute between Geo Cronjé (an Afrikaner) and Quinton Davids (a coloured). Both were dropped from the team, and Cronjé was called before a tribunal to answer charges that his actions in the dispute were racially motivated. Cronjé was eventually cleared. Later, the Boks were sent to a military-style boot camp in the South African bush called Kamp Staaldraad (literal English translation "Camp Steel-wire", idiomatically "Camp Barbed Wire"). When details of the events at Kamp Staaldraad leaked out, most South African rugby supporters reacted in outrage. Kamp Staaldraad (Afrikaans words, translated idiomatically as Camp Barbed Wire) was a military-style boot camp organized as a team building exercise for the South African national rugby team, the Springboks, during their preparation for the 2003 Rugby World Cup. ...


After the World Cup debacle, then-Boks coach Rudolph Straeuli was under fire, not only because of the team's poor results, but because of his role in organizing Kamp Staaldraad. He eventually resigned, and in February 2004 Jake White was named as new national coach. He had previously coached the Springboks under-21 side, which won the inaugural U21 Rugby World Cup in 2002. Rudolph August Wilkens Straeuli (born 20 August 1963 in Pretoria, South Africa) played rugby union in the positions of flanker and eigthman for, and later coached, the Springbok rugby team. ... Jake White (born 3 November 1963 in Johannesburg) is a South African rugby union coach. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...


The Boks then proceeded to prove to the rugby world that they were ready to return to past greatness. They swept Ireland in a two-Test series and won against Wales during their opponents' June 2004 tours of the Southern Hemisphere. Next came a pulsating win in the most closely-contested Tri Nations in history. In November 2004, the Springboks went on an ambitious "Grand Slam" tour of the Home Nations. They were decisively defeated by England and lost a controversial decision to Ireland. But they won a hard-fought match against Wales, and prevailed comfortably against Scotland. While the tour did not live up to the Boks' original aspirations, it did prove that they had awakened from their slumber of the past few years. First international  England 30 – 0 Wales  (19 February 1881) Largest win  Japan 0 – 98 Wales  (26 November 2004) Worst defeat  South Africa 96 – 13 Wales  (27 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 6/6 (First in 1987) Best result Third 1987 The Wales national rugby union team (also referred to as... The 2004 Tri Nations Series, an annual rugby union competition between the national teams of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, was the nineth in the series. ... A Grand Slam can be completed in two ways in rugby union. ... Home Nations (often written as the common noun home nations) is a term used to refer to the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom — England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — collectively but as separate entities, distinct from the United Kingdom as a state. ... First international (also the worlds first)  Scotland 4–1 England  (27 March 1871) Largest win  England 134–0 Romania  (17 November 2001) Worst defeat  Australia 76–0 England  (6 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 6 (First in 1987) Best result Champions, 2003 The England national rugby union team represents... First international  England 30 – 0 Wales  (19 February 1881) Largest win  Japan 0 – 98 Wales  (26 November 2004) Worst defeat  South Africa 96 – 13 Wales  (27 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 6/6 (First in 1987) Best result Third 1987 The Wales national rugby union team (also referred to as... First international (also the worlds first)  Scotland 4 - 1 England  (27 March 1871) Largest win  Scotland 100 - 8 Japan  (13 November 2004) Worst defeat  Scotland 10 - 68 South Africa  (6 December 1997) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result 4th 1991 The Scotland national rugby union team...


The Springbok resurgence was honored with a sweep of the major IRB awards. The Boks were named IRB World Team of the Year, White was named IRB World Coach of the Year, and young flanker Schalk Burger was named IRB World Player of the Year. The IRB logo. ... For other persons named Schalk Burger, see Schalk Burger (disambiguation). ...


In 2005 the Springboks defeated an embarrassed Uruguay by a world record margin. Zimbabwean-born new cap, Tonderai Chavanga, scored a record 6 tries in the match, surpassing Stefan Terblanche's previous record of five. The side finished second in the Tri-Nations that year, losing their final match to New Zealand. The year ended positively with close victories away from home against Argentina, among others. Tonderai Chavhanga (born 24 December 1983 in Masvingo, Zimbabwe) is a South African rugby union footballer. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


With several new players aboard, the 2006 Springboks defeated Scotland twice in South Africa, before a loss in a closely contested match to France ended their long undefeated home record. A very bad start to the 2006 Tri Nations Series saw them lose 49-0 to the Wallabies. The Springboks put together better games in the following two matches, losing in the final minutes in the second test against Australia. Answering the call from many South African supporters to play a more expansive style of rugby, coach Jake White fielded a far more adventurous team. They broke South Africa's five game losing streak by beating the All Blacks 21-20 at Royal Bafokeng Stadium - the first time a test match had been played at this rural venue near Rustenburg. The highlight of South Africa's tour to Europe was the 24-15 win over England at Twickenham, after a loss to Ireland and one to England the previous week. A South Africa XV also played a World XV on this tour at the Walkers Stadium in Leicester. The 2006 Tri Nations Series, an annual rugby union competition between the national teams of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, marked the tenth anniversary of the original competition. ... Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace, Phokeng, Rustenburg The Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace is a rugby union and football (soccer) stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa. ... Twickenham is a suburb in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, south west London. ... The Walkers Stadium is a football stadium which plays home matches to English football team Leicester City F.C. The stadium, inaugurated in July, 2004, holds 32,500 and is named after Leicester Citys sponsers Walkers. ...


In July 2006, Springbok coach Jake White told the press he had been unable to pick some white players for his squad "because of transformation" - a reference to the ANC government’s policies attempting to redress the racial imbalances in national sport. Jake White (born 3 November 1963 in Johannesburg) is a South African rugby union coach. ...


Rugby World Cup 2007
The Springboks
The Springboks

Grouped in Pool A at the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France, they opened their campaign in Paris with a 59-7 victory over Samoa. Next up was England at the Stade de France, where the Springboks triumphed 36-0. The third pool game against Tonga in Lens was more competitive and they narrowly won 30-25. The final pool game against the USA in Montpellier produced a 64-15 win. Having won all their pool games, they advanced to the quarter finals to defeat Fiji 37-20 before accounting for Argentina 37-13 in the semi-finals. They prevailed 15-6 over England yet again in a tense final to lift the Webb Ellis Cup for a second time on 20th October 2007. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1600 × 1200 pixel, file size: 780 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1600 × 1200 pixel, file size: 780 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... The 2007 Rugby World Cup is the sixth Rugby World Cup, a quadrennial international rugby union world championship inaugurated in 1987. ...


The Springboks join the Australian Wallabies as the only other national team to win the trophy twice, thereby reinforcing the southern hemisphere dominance in the competition with five out of six titles to date (1987, 1991, 1995, 1999 and 2007); the solitary northern hemisphere title by way of England in 2003.


Strip

An older strip. The current one is made by Canterbury and sponsored by Sasol.
An older strip. The current one is made by Canterbury and sponsored by Sasol.

The Springboks play in green and gold jumpers and have been playing international rugby since 1891, when they debuted against a touring British Isles side in South Africa. Currently, their strip is made by Canterbury of New Zealand and their shirt sponsor is South African synfuels and chemicals company Sasol. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 689 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (1661 × 1445 pixel, file size: 303 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): South Africa national... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 689 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (1661 × 1445 pixel, file size: 303 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): South Africa national... Canterbury of New Zealand - sometimes referred to as CCC by retailers and rugby fans - is a New Zealand-based sports apparel company that focuses on rugby football. ... Sasol (originally South African Steenkolen en Olie) is a South African company involved in mining, energy, chemicals and synfuels. ... First match Otago 3 - 8 Great Britain (28 April 1888) Largest win Manawatu 6 - 109 British & Irish Lions (28 June 2005) Worst defeat New Zealand 38 - 6 Lions (16 July 1983) The British and Irish Lions (until 2001 known as the British Isles Rugby Union Team or more colloquially the... Canterbury of New Zealand - sometimes referred to as CCC by retailers and rugby fans - is a New Zealand-based sports apparel company that focuses on rugby football. ... Sasol (originally South African Steenkolen en Olie) is a South African company involved in mining, energy, chemicals and synfuels. ...


The jersey has traditionally always had a gold collar. White shorts and green socks with two gold hoops, with the Canterbury logo in gold, make up the kit. The flag of South Africa can be seen on the sleeve. The Springboks also have an alternate jersey which is white to avoid kit clashes, although it is not commonly used. Flag ratio: 2:3 The current flag of the Republic of South Africa was adopted on April 27, 1994, after the first free elections and the end of apartheid. ...


The springbok nickname and logo dates from the 1906/7 tour of Britain. The logo was not restricted to the white team alone, the first coloured national team used the springbok in 1939 and the first black team in 1950. In 2004 the South African Sports Commission’s National Colours Board decided that the springbok could stay but wanted the protea made bigger as it was their official sports logo. [6]


The SA Rugby logo is on the upper left corner of the front of the jersey. When Australia first toured South Africa in 1933, the visitors wore sky blue jerseys to avoid confusion, as at the time, both wore dark green strips. In 1953, when the Wallabies toured again, the Springboks wore white jerseys for the test matches.[7]


For the 2006 November Test against Ireland the Springboks wore a replica of the jersey that was worn by the Paul Roos' touring side in 1906. The kit consisted of a green jersey with a white collar, blue shorts and blue socks. Not even sponsors Sasol appeared on the jersey. The strip is a part of South African rugby's centenary celebrations.[8]. However the badge on the jersey had the springbok jumping in the opposite direction. Sasol (originally South African Steenkolen en Olie) is a South African company involved in mining, energy, chemicals and synfuels. ...


Home grounds

The first ever South African international took place at Port Elizabeth's St George’s Park Cricket Ground . St George’s Park Cricket Ground in Port Elizabeth South Africa is the home of Port Elizabeth Cricket Club, one of the oldest cricket clubs in South Africa, and of the Eastern Province Club. ...


The Springboks do not use a national stadium as their home, but play out of a number of venues throughout South Africa. The 60,000 seater Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg was the main venue for South Africa's 1995 World Cup, where the Springboks defeated the All Blacks in the final. Other regular venues for tests include Pretoria's Loftus Versfeld Stadium, the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town, the ABSA Stadium in Durban, and the EPRFU Stadium in Port Elizabeth. Most of the stadiums used today are owned by the provincial Rugby Unions. Ellis Park Stadium is a stadium in the city of Johannesburg, Gauteng Province, South Africa. ... This article is about the city in South Africa. ... The 1995 Rugby World Cup was the third Rugby World Cup. ... Motto: Praestantia Praevaleat Pretoria (May Pretoria Be Pre-eminent In Excellence) Country South Africa Province Gauteng Established 1855 Area  - City 1,644 km²  (634. ... Loftus Versfeld Stadium is a sports stadium situated in Pretoria, South Africa. ... A Stormers Super 14 rugby match at Newlands. ... Nickname: Motto: Spes Bona (Latin for Good Hope) Location of the City of Cape Town in Western Cape Province Coordinates: , Country Province Municipality City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality Founded 1652 Government [1]  - Type City council  - Mayor Helen Zille  - City manager Achmat Ebrahim Area  - City 2,499 km²  (964. ... Kings Park Stadium, also known for sponsorship reasons as ABSA Stadium, is a football stadium in Durban, South Africa which was originally built in 1891 and extensively renovated in 1990. ... Map of South Africa showing Durbans location. ... EPRFU Stadium, also known by its original name of Boet Erasmus Stadium, is a stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. ... Port Elizabeth is a city in South Africa, situated in the Eastern Cape Province, at 33°58′ S 25°36′ E. The city is located on Algoa Bay, and is one of the major seaports in South Africa. ...


The Springboks are said to have a notable advantage over touring sides when playing at altitude in Gauteng province. Games at Ellis Park or Loftus Versfeld are said to present physical problems, and to factor into a match in a number of other ways, such as the ball travelling further when kicked.[9] Some players dismiss altitude as a state of mind rather than an actual physical challenge. Altitude is the elevation of an object from a known level or datum. ...


Records

Tri Nations

South Africa's only annual tournament is the Tri-Nations competed with Australia and New Zealand. South Africa have won the tournament twice; in 1998 and 2004. South Africa also contest the Mandela Challenge Plate with Australia, and the Freedom Cup with New Zealand as part of the Tri-Nations. The Tri Nations Trophy The Tri Nations Series is an annual international rugby union series held between Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. ... The 1998 Tri Nations Series was contested from July 11 to August 22 between the Australia, New Zealand and South Africa national rugby union teams. ... The 2004 Tri Nations Series, an annual rugby union competition between the national teams of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, was the nineth in the series. ... The Nelson Mandela Challenge Plate is a minor international rugby tournament, contested between Australia and South Africa. ... The Freedom Cup is a Rugby Union trophy contested every 2 years between South Africa and New Zealand, during the Tri nations tournament. ...

Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
Championships
played won drawn lost for against difference
Flag of New Zealand New Zealand 50 35 0 15 1364 983 +381 23 163 8
Flag of Australia Australia 50 20 1 29 1055 1140 -95 25 107 2
Flag of South Africa South Africa 50 19 1 30 1006 1292 -286 17 95 2

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World Cup

South Africa did not participate in the 1987 and 1991 World Cups because of the sporting boycott of them due to apartheid. South Africa's introduction to the event was as hosts. They defeated defending champions Australia 27–18 in the opening match, and went on to defeat the All Blacks 15–12 after extra time in the final.[10] In 1999 South Africa suffered their first ever World Cup loss when they were defeated 21–27 by Australia in their semi-final; they went on to defeat the All Blacks 22–18 in the third-fourth play-off match.[11] The worst ever South African performance at a World Cup was in 2003 when they lost a pool game to England, and then were knocked out of the tournament by the All Blacks in their quarter-final.[12] In 2007 the Springboks defeated Fiji in the quarter-finals and Argentina in the semi-finals. They then defeated England in the final 15–6 to win the tournament for a second time. The first Rugby World Cup took place in New Zealand and Australia in 1987, and was won by New Zealand. ... This article is about the mens Rugby World Cup held in 1991. ... The 1999 Rugby World Cup, the first to be held in rugby unions professional era,[2] was hosted by Wales, with some matches also played in England, France, Scotland and Ireland. ... The 2007 Rugby World Cup is the sixth Rugby World Cup, a quadrennial international rugby union world championship inaugurated in 1987. ... The England team collect their silver medals. ...


Overall

South Africa's world ranking from 10 October 2003 to 13 August 2007.
South Africa's world ranking from 10 October 2003 to 13 August 2007.
IRB World Ranking Leaders

South Africa are currently ranked number one in the world rankings When the ranking system was introduced in October 2003 South Africa were ranked sixth. They rose to fifth in November that year before falling back to sixth in March 2004. After rising back to fifth in June 2004, they rose to fourth in December that year. They rose to third, then second in 2005. They fell from that high of second to third in July 2006, and were ranked fourth by December 2006. Between then and May 2007 they have fluctuated between fourth and fifth, before settling at fourth by September 2007. They then gained top spot after winning the 2007 Rugby World Cup.[13] Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 521 pixelsFull resolution (878 × 572 pixel, file size: 19 KB, MIME type: image/png) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 521 pixelsFull resolution (878 × 572 pixel, file size: 19 KB, MIME type: image/png) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... The IRB World Rankings is a ranking system for mens national teams in rugby union. ... is the 283rd day of the year (284th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 225th day of the year (226th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The IRB World Rankings is a ranking system for mens national teams in rugby union. ... The 2007 Rugby World Cup is the sixth Rugby World Cup, a quadrennial international rugby union world championship inaugurated in 1987. ...


Their Test record against all nations:[14]

Against Played Won Lost Drawn  % Won
Flag of Argentina Argentina 12 12 0 0 100%
Flag of Australia Australia 62 37 24 1 59.7%
Barbarians 5 3 2 0 60%
Flag of Canada Canada 2 2 0 0 100%
Flag of England England 30 17 12 1 56.7%
Flag of Fiji Fiji 2 2 0 0 100%
Flag of France France 36 20 10 6 55.6%
Flag of Georgia (country) Georgia 1 1 0 0 100%
Flag of Ireland Ireland 18 14 3 1 77.8%
Flag of Italy Italy 6 6 0 0 100%
 British and Irish Lions 43 21 16 6 48.8%
Flag of Namibia Namibia 1 1 0 0 100%
Flag of New Zealand New Zealand 72 29 40 3 40.3%
 Pacific Islanders 1 1 0 0 100%
Flag of Romania Romania 1 1 0 0 100%
Flag of Samoa Samoa 6 6 0 0 100%
Flag of Scotland Scotland 19 15 4 0 79%
South American Jaguars 8 7 1 0 87.5%
Flag of Spain Spain 1 1 0 0 100%
Flag of Tonga Tonga 2 2 0 0 100%
Flag of the United States United States 3 3 0 0 100%
Flag of Uruguay Uruguay 3 3 0 0 100%
Flag of Wales Wales 19 17 1 1 89.5%
World XV 3 3 0 0 100%
Total 356 224 113 19 63%

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Players

Current squad

South Africa's squad for the 2007 Rugby World Cup.[15] The 2007 Rugby World Cup is the sixth Rugby World Cup, a quadrennial international rugby union world championship inaugurated in 1987. ...

Backs
Player
Position Club
Jaque Fourie Centre Lions
Bryan Habana Wing Bulls
Butch James Fly-half Sharks
Ricky Januarie Scrum-half Lions
Wayne Julies[16] Centre Bulls
Percy Montgomery Fullback Sharks
Akona Ndungane Wing Bulls
Wynand Olivier Centre Bulls
Ruan Pienaar Scrum-half Sharks
JP Pietersen Wing Sharks
Fourie du Preez Scrum-half Bulls
André Pretorius Fly-half Lions
Francois Steyn Fullback Sharks
Jean de Villiers[16] Centre Stormers
Ashwin Willemse Wing Lions
Forwards
Player
Position Club
Albert van den Berg Lock Sharks
Bakkies Botha Lock Bulls
BJ Botha[17] Prop Sharks
Gary Botha Hooker Bulls
Schalk Burger Flanker Stormers
Wikus van Heerden Flanker Bulls
CJ van der Linde Prop Cheetahs
Victor Matfield Lock Bulls
Johann Muller Lock Sharks
Bismarck du Plessis[18] Hooker Sharks
Jannie du Plessis[17] Prop Cheetahs
Os du Randt Prop Cheetahs
Danie Rossouw Flanker Bulls
Bobby Skinstad Number 8 Sharks
John Smit Hooker Sharks
Juan Smith Flanker Cheetahs
Gurthro Steenkamp Prop Bulls

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A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... Official website www. ... Jan Nathaniel Jannie du Plessis (born 16 November 1982 in Bethlehem, Free State) is a South African rugby union player, who plays as a prop for South Africa and the Free State Cheetahs in the domestic Currie Cup. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... The Central Cheetahs is a South African Super 14 rugby union franchise set to begin play in 2006. ... Jacobus Petrus du Randt, better known as Os du Randt (born 8 September 1972 in Elliot, South Africa), is a South African rugby player who plays as a loosehead prop for the Springboks, Central Cheetahs (Super 14), and Free State Cheetahs (Currie Cup). ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... 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Individual records

South Africa's most capped player is Percy Montgomery with 94 caps. Montgomery also holds the South African record for Test points, having scored 873 points, which is the seventh highest in international rugby.[19] The most points Montgomery ever scored in a single international was 35 against Namibia in 2007—this is also a South African record. Percival Colin Percy Montgomery (born 15 March 1974 in Walvis Bay, Cape Province, South Africa (now Walvis Bay, Namibia)) is a rugby player who currently plays as a fullback for the Springboks, for the Natal Sharks in the domestic Currie Cup, and for the Sharks in Super 14. ...


South Africa's most capped captain is John Smit who captained South Africa 48 of his 74 Tests. Smit also played 46 consecutive matches for South Africa which is a record. The record try scorer is Joost van der Westhuizen who scored 38 tries in his 89 appearances. Prop Os du Randt, who retired in 2007, has the record for appearances of a forward with 80.[19] John William Smit (born 3 April 1978 in Pietersburg, South Africa) is the 51st and current captain of the South African national rugby union team, the Springboks. ... Joost van der Westhuizen (born 20 February 1971) is a former South African rugby union player who was the Springboks first choice scrum half in the late 1990s. ... A normal Rugby union team formation illustrating each of the positions and their respective numbers. ... Jacobus Petrus du Randt, better known as Os du Randt (born 8 September 1972 in Elliot, South Africa), is a South African rugby player who plays as a loosehead prop for the Springboks, Central Cheetahs (Super 14), and Free State Cheetahs (Currie Cup). ...


Notable players

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Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Hendrik Scholtz Vosloo Muller (born 26 March 1922 in Witbank), usually known as Hennie Muller is a former South African rugby union footballer. ... Jacobus Francois Pienaar (born 2 January 1967 in Vereeniging, South Africa) captained and played flanker for the South African national rugby union team, the Springboks from 26 June 1993 until 10 August 1996. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Robert Brian Bobby Skinstad (born 3 July 1976 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe) played rugby union in the positions of flanker and eighthman for the South African national rugby team, the Springboks. ... 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Gary Hamilton Teichmann born in Gwelo, Zimbabwe on the 9th of January 1967 played eighthman for and was the captain of the South African national rugby union team, the Springboks, between 1995 and 1999. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Joost van der Westhuizen (born 20 February 1971) is a former South African rugby union player who was the Springboks first choice scrum half in the late 1990s. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... Chester Williams (born 8 August 1970 in Paarl, Western Province, South Africa) played winger for the South African national rugby union team the Springboks from 1993 to 2000. ... 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See also

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Image File history File links Commons-logo. ... Image File history File links Portal. ... The South African Rugby Union (SARU) is the governing body for rugby union in South Africa and is affiliated to the International Rugby Board. ... The Nelson Mandela Challenge Plate is a minor international rugby tournament, contested between Australia and South Africa. ... Rugby union is a popular sport in South Africa. ... Ireland arrived in South Africa for the their two-match tour in 2004 as favourites to win their first game against South Africa on South African soil. ... South Africa and Wales have been playing each other in rugby union since 1906, and in total, have contested 19 Test matches. ... The South African national rugby union sevens team compete in the World Sevens Series, the Rugby World Cup Sevens and the Commonwealth Games. ... The All Blacks and the Springboks have been playing test match rugby union since 1921 when the All Blacks beat the Springboks in Dunedin 14-6. ...

References

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  • Howitt, Bob (2005). SANZAR Saga - Ten Years of Super 12 and Tri-Nations Rugby. Harper Collins Publishers. ISBN 1-86950-566-2. 
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  • Smith, David; Williams, Gareth (1980). Fields of Praise: The Official History of The Welsh Rugby Union. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. ISBN 0-7083-0766-3. 

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Notes

  1. ^ Despite announcing his retirement White will still be coach until after the December 2007 match against the Barbarians.
  2. ^ "Bitter White announces Springbok exit", nzherald.co.nz, 2007-11-01. Retrieved on 2007-11-01. 
  3. ^ Davies, Sean. "Mighty Boks: South African rugby", bbc.co.uk, 2006-09-28. Retrieved on 2007-10-11. 
  4. ^ OSM's sporting plaque. The Observer. Retrieved on 6 August 2006.
  5. ^ Suzie never existed. Rugby Heaven. Retrieved on 6 August 2006.
  6. ^ Krige in the spotlight. BBC Sport. Retrieved on 6 August 2006.
  7. ^ History of the ARU. Australian Rugby Union. Retrieved on 6 August 2006.
  8. ^ Boks to wear original strip against Irish. IOL. Retrieved on 5 November 2006.
  9. ^ Wallabies Focus on Upsetting Springboks. world.rugby.com.au. Retrieved on 6 August 2006.
  10. ^ RWC 1995. rugbyfootballhistory.com. Retrieved on 2007-09-27.
  11. ^ RWC1999. rugbyfootballhistory.com. Retrieved on 2007-09-27.
  12. ^ RWC2003. rugbyfootballhistory.com. Retrieved on 2007-09-27.
  13. ^ Ranking archives can be found at the IRB website; www.irb.com
  14. ^ South Africa > Head to Head Table. rugbydata.com. Retrieved on 2007-10-08.
  15. ^ Bok World Cup Squad Announced. South African Rugby Union (2007-07-21). Retrieved on 2007-07-21.
  16. ^ a b Julies replaced de Villiers after the latter suffered a torn left bicep in the match against Manu Samoa.
  17. ^ a b Botha blew out a knee in the final pool match against the USA and was replaced by Jannie du Plessis.
  18. ^ Replaced Pierre Spies after Spies suffered a pulmonary embolism.
  19. ^ a b International Individual Records. superrugby.co.za (2007-10-22). Retrieved on 2007-10-31.

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  • 100 years of South African rugby (part two) - IRB
  • 100 years of South African rugby (part three) - IRB

External links

  • SA Rugby Homepage
  • Official Merchandise South African Rugby Online Store
  • Official South Africa Rugby Store for North America
  • Springbok Rugby Hall of Fame.
  • Rugby365 Rugby News Site
  • World Cup Preview
  • SA Rugby blog SA Rugby blog
  • We Love Rugby Video of South Africa Rugby Union Team
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The Tri Nations is contested annually between the Wallabies (Australia), the All Blacks (New Zealand) and the Springboks (South Africa). ... First international (also the worlds first)  Scotland 4–1 England  (27 March 1871) Largest win  England 134–0 Romania  (17 November 2001) Worst defeat  Australia 76–0 England  (6 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 6 (First in 1987) Best result Champions, 2003 The England national rugby union team represents... First international (also the worlds first)  Scotland 4 - 1 England  (27 March 1871) Largest win  Scotland 100 - 8 Japan  (13 November 2004) Worst defeat  Scotland 10 - 68 South Africa  (6 December 1997) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result 4th 1991 The Scotland national rugby union team... First international  England 30 – 0 Wales  (19 February 1881) Largest win  Japan 0 – 98 Wales  (26 November 2004) Worst defeat  South Africa 96 – 13 Wales  (27 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 6/6 (First in 1987) Best result Third 1987 The Wales national rugby union team (also referred to as... First international Arabian Gulf 20 - 64 Namibia (1993-06-03) Largest win Arabian Gulf 97 - 3 India (2001-04-27) Worst defeat Japan 87 - 9 Arabian Gulf (2006-04-15) The Arabian Gulf rugby union team, are a combined team of players from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and... The Korea national rugby union team represents Korea in international rugby union. ... The Serbia national rugby union team represents Serbia in international rugby union. ... The Tahiti national rugy union team is the third tier rugby playing nation of Tahiti. ... For other uses, see Rugby (disambiguation). ... The IRB logo. ... The FIRA - Association Européenne de Rugby (FIRA–AER) was formed in 1999 to promote, develop, organise and administer the game of rugby in Europe under the authority of the International Rugby Board (the governing body of rugby union). ... For the rugby league competition, see Rugby League World Cup. ... The Rugby World Cup Sevens is the worlds premier international contest in the Sevens version of rugby union, first held in Scotland in 1993 and held every four years. ... The IRB Under 19 Rugby World Cup was the premier tournament for male Rugby union players under the age of 19 organised by the sports governing body the International Rugby Board (IRB) annually from 2004 until 2007. ... The IRB Under 21 Rugby World Cup is the premier tournament for male Rugby union players under the age of 21 and is organised by the sports governing body the International Rugby Board (IRB). ... The Africa Cup is an annual rugby union tournament involving African nations, organised by the Confederation of African Rugby (CAR). ... Mens (right) and womens (left) Barclays Churchill Cup trophies The Churchill Cup (referred to as Barclays Churchill Cup for sponsorship reasons) is an annual rugby union tournament contested by representative mens and womens teams from Canada, England, and the United States, with three invited teams (originally... The European Nations Cup, also referred to as the Six Nations B or simply ENC, is a second-level competition for European rugby union nations, some of which where it is still an amateur sport. ... The Nations Cup is a rugby union competition that was first held in 2006 at Estadio Universitario de Lisboa, Lisbon. ... The Pacific Nations Cup is an international rugby union competition originally known as the IRB Pacific 5 Nations and held between five Pacific rim sides; Fiji, Japan, Samoa, Tonga and the Junior All Blacks (New Zealands second XV). ... The four unions that form the PARA. The Pan American Championship (Pan Am or Panamericano) is the major international rugby tournament held in the Americas, held irregularly since 1995. ... The IRB Sevens World Series, known officially as the IRB Sevens before the 2006-07 season and also sometimes called the World Sevens Series, is a series of international rugby union sevens tournaments organised for the first time in the 1999-2000 season. ... The RBS 6 Nations Championship, (referred to as RBS 6 Nations for sponsorship reasons) known before 2000 as the Five Nations Championship, is an annual international rugby union competition held between six European sides: France, England, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. ... The Super Cup is an annual international rugby union competition contested by national teams from Canada, Japan, Romania and the United States. ... The Tri Nations Trophy The Tri Nations Series is an annual international rugby union series held between Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. ... The IRB World Rankings is a ranking system for mens national teams in rugby union. ...


 
 

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