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Free Sunday Times eBook: 50 Years of South African Rugby


Today the Sunday Times and Dial Direct Insurance bring you the last 50 years of Springbok rugby in all its glory – and with a few low points in between.

Because, whatever you might say or think about Springbok rugby, it has seldom been boring. Among the victories – and many have been sensational and uplifting for South Africa – there have also been sagas of despair, of feuds and scandals, of national disgust at the rugby bosses daring to summon Nelson Mandela to court, and of the disgrace of our Springbok heroes being humiliated at Kamp Staaldraad.

Springbok rugby over the past 50 years has been part of a continuing story of South Africa, moving from apartheid to democracy. Its story has been told on the front as well as the back pages of the Sunday Times, by many fine sportswriters, whose five decades of reporting form the basis of this book.

50 Years of South African Rugby is a free, downloadable e-book and contains all of the major stories from the Springbok frontline, where green-and-gold heroes often overcame huge odds – as they did in 1965, and again in 1995 – to triumph over old enemies.

The e-book features:

  • A preview of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, with stats, facts, trivia and Springboks team information
  • Full Sunday Times coverage on the most important and memorable games played, won and lost from 1965 to 2015
  • A history of Black Rugby in South Africa
  • A chapter on transformation in the game from the 1995 World Cup until today
  • An appendix with all South Africa’s international match scores, 1965 – 2015

While focusing on the matches themselves, the book puts the sport in the historical context of a changing country. Where the Springboks’ victory at the Rugby World Cup of 1995 was the apotheosis of the Rainbow Nation, the book also reflects on the huge challenges still facing the South African game. It tracks the course of transformation in rugby, the continuing struggle of black players to achieve full recognition, and tells the often ignored history of black rugby.

As the Springboks prepare to open their World Cup campaign this week (on Saturday, September 19 in Brighton, UK), 50 Years of South African Rugby is also a reminder of a past that, despite many flaws, is something to be proud of.

– Archie Henderson

Keep scrolling to read 50 Years of South African Rugby, a unique publication and important Rugby World Cup 2015 souvenir.

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50 Years of South African Rugby: A Free Sunday Times eBook


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