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7 Dec 2013
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Sharks pay tribute to Mandela

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THE Sharks join the rest of the rugby fraternity, the citizens of our country and indeed the world in mourning the loss of our beloved Madiba...

THE Sharks join the rest of the rugby fraternity, the citizens of our country and indeed the world in mourning the loss of our beloved Madiba.

“We can never forget the integral role that Madiba had in transferring our nation’s opinion on rugby in South Africa, what it stood for and the power it had to unite a nation.”

John Smit, the Sharks CEO, said: “I first met Madiba before my first Test match in 2000 and I was more nervous about meeting the great man than making my Springbok debut. He saw that, smiled and embraced me. He made it just so easy to speak to him.

“For me as a player, the moments I had with him on a one-on-one basis and from a team perspective is something I will cherish forever.”