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Nelson Mandela Posthumously Inducted Into Rugby Hall Of Fame

Nelson Mandela Posthumously Inducted Into Rugby Hall Of Fame

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The late South African President, Nelson Mandela was posthumously inducted into the World of Rugby Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct.3 for bringing white and black South Africans together through rugby after the end of apartheid.

Francois Pienaar, the captain of the Springboks team that won the World Cup on home soil in 1995 and who worked closely with Mandela, received the Hall of Fame cap in a special ceremony on the pitch before the start of South Africa’s match against Scotland at St. James’ Park, Newcastle.

World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset, presenting the cap to Pienaar and South Africa’s Deputy Sports Minister Gert Oosthuizen, said it was a fitting tribute to a man who did so much for his country and for rugby union.

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