Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
2 minute read
30 Oct 2019
6:45 am

Underdog Boks will be tough opponents in final – Francois Pienaar

Rudolph Jacobs

Pienaar, the inspirational captain of the 1995 winning side, said no South African team could ever be written off.

South Africa's president Nelson Mandela congratulates South Africa's rugby team captain François Pienaar before handing him the William Webb trophy after his team's victory over New Zealand (15-12) in the final of the Rugby World Cup at Ellis Park in Johannesburg 24 June 1995. Picture: AFP / JEAN-PIERRE MULLER

On June 24, 1995, the Springbok rugby team united a nation when they beat the mighty All Blacks 15-12 in extra-time in a pulsating final at Ellis Park. Wonderful scenes of then president Nelson Mandela cheering on captain Francois Pienaar as he lifted the Webb Ellis Cup in front of his home fans made sure it was a memory that will forever be etched in South African sporting history. South Africa repeated their World Cup triumph in France 12 years later, in 2007, when John Smit led the Springboks to a win over England in the final. Now, they are...