Mandela the secret weapon in 1995 RWC final, Kiwis say

2013-12-07 09:30

Wellington – For South Africans, winning the 1995 Rugby World Cup final marked the emergence of the rainbow nation – for New Zealanders, it was the day Nelson Mandela single-handedly outpsyched the mighty All Blacks.

Then Mandela, in one of the most audacious political gambles of his career, appeared before the mostly white crowd of 62 000 wearing a Springbok jersey to shake the players’ hands before kickoff.

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