Cape Town - SA Rugby has confirmed that Saturday's Rugby Championship clash between the Springboks and Australia in Port Elizabeth will be played in honour of the late Nelson Mandela.
Mandela, who died in 2013 at the age of 95, would have turned 100 this year and there have been numerous national events this year dedicated to him.
Given that Australia and South Africa contest for the Nelson Mandela Challenge Plate every year, and given that Saturday's clash will take place at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, this fixture was as good a time as any for SA Rugby and the Boks to pay tribute to the country's first democratically elected president.
SA Rugby posted an emotional video clip to its Twitter page on Thursday that showed images of Mandela during South Africa's famous World Cup campaign of 1995, when the Boks won the Webb Ellis trophy on home soil.
The footage of Mandela and Bok captain Francois Pienaar celebrating together will forever live in South Africa's sporting memory.
WATCH: The Springboks will honour the legacy of former President Nelson Mandela who would have turned 100 this year, when they play the Wallabies at @NMB_Stadium on Saturday. #NM100 #BeTheLegacy #LoveRugby pic.twitter.com/9XLRX6JoHs— South African Rugby (@Springboks) September 27, 2018