Rugby honors Nelson Mandela

Rugby honors Nelson Mandela

With the passing of Nelson Mandela at the age of 95 this past week, the world has celebrated and honored the great contribution the South African leader made to the world.  Using rugby as a symbol for equality and forgiveness, Mandela united a nation and demonstrated the power of sports to alter the landscape of a country and the spirit of its people.  

See how rugby and the world have remembered Madiba.  

All 16 teams plus the referees paid special tribute to Nelson Mandela during the South Africa Sevens in the stadium that bears his name. 

 

INSPIRED SOUTH AFRICA WIN HOME SEVENS TITLE

An inspired South Africa came from 14-0 down to fight back and win a popular victory against New Zealand, 17-14, to clinch the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay South Africa Sevens. 

It is the first time since 2008 that the South Africans have won their home Sevens tournament, and their first at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, a poignant and fitting tribute to the country's late former President.

In a repeat of the final from two years ago, won in the dying seconds by New Zealand, Branco du Preez and the influential captain Kyle Brown hit back for a spirited South Africa cheered on by over 30,000 fans.

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A TALE OF SPORTS AND POLITICS

"It would be sport, a foremost tool for the most-admired person on the planet, the man the British parliamentarian Tony Benn once reasonably called "the president of humanity."

Read more from Sports on Earth

NELSON MANDELA: RUGBY'S DEBT TO THE GREAT SOUTH AFRICAN

"You can talk about sport affecting politics and vice-versa, but what he did on that day was stunning. I think if there was one single action that said a country was different, that this man was special, it was that. To me that was the power of sport at its best." Read more from The Telegraph

1995 RUGBY WORLD CUP FINAL PUT NELSON MANDELA'S BELIEF IN THE POWER OF SPORTS ON DISPLAY

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — He emerged into bright winter sunshine, stepped onto the lush field and pulled on a cap. His long-sleeve green rugby jersey was untucked and buttoned right up to the top, a style all his own. On the back, a gold No. 6, big and bold. Read more on Huffington Post

THE FULL NELSON

How a sports-savvy Nelson Mandela used rugby to unify his troubled land

Read more from the Sports Illustrated Vault.

 

 
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Comments (2)

  • Guest (Daniel)

    I am eternally greatfull for this man. He is all of our hero. What bothers me with some of these videos, is that they are sensationally racially charged and incorrect- like referring to the violence post his release as a black/white thing. It was not. It was a ANC against Inkatha (black on black) power struggle. The boer 'right wing' was a mere few thousand crazies that 99.5 percent of whites laughed at.

  • Guest (cuccu)

    A great man of the world. Now I only see him through the video and photos.

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